Thanks to the generosity of Bill Ingram, CEO of White Castle System, Inc., and director
of The Ohio State University Foundation, and his wife, Marci Ingram, top
researchers at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital have
an unprecedented opportunity to unlock and address the staggering increases in
cases of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
The Ingrams committed to donate $10 million over 10 years to support collaborative ASD
research at the two highly regarded institutions by creating The Marci and Bill Ingram Fund for Autism Spectrum Disorders Research, which was announced and celebrated at the Ohio
Union on Jan. 11, 2011. They intend to have $1 million available for grants by
the time the first awards are made in 2011.
The Big Ten Network aired a story on April 26, 2011, “Ingram Fund Supports Autism Research
at Ohio State.” The segment features Dr. Gene Arnold discussing a Nisonger
Center study of autism and cholesterol levels, as well as Angela Barker and her
daughter Rose, who participated in the study.
See related story in this issue: Nisonger studying how cholesterol affects autism
The Ingram Autism Research Center seeks to 1) advance our understanding of the causes of
ASD; 2) develop novel treatments for core deficits in ASD; and 3) find creative
solutions to improve the quality of life across the entire lifetime of those
affected by ASD.
The Center has a two-tiered governance structure: 1) an
Oversight Committee and 2) a Steering Committee.
- Marci and Bill Ingram
- Dr. Steve Allen, CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
- Dr. Steven Gabbe, CEO of the Ohio State University Medical Center.
- Dr. Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology.
- Dr. Rene Anand, chair, professor of pharmacology and vice chair of academic affairs in the College of Medicine.
- Dr. John Campo, medical director of Behavioral Health Services and chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and professor of clinical psychiatry and clinical
pediatrics in the College of Medicine.
- Dr. Dan Coury, medical director for the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network, clinical director of the Behavior Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry in the College
- Dr. Howard Goldstein, research director of the Schoenbaum Family
Center and professor of human development and family science in the College of
Education and Human Ecology.
- Dr. Stephen Petrill, professor of human development and family
science in the College of Education and Human Ecology.
- Dr. Marc J. Tassé, director of the Nisonger Center and professor
of psychology and psychiatry in the College of Medicine.
- Dr. Jacquie Wynn, director of the Center for Autism Spectrum
Disorders at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, clinical assistant professor of
pediatrics in the College of Medicine and adjunct assistant professor of
special education in the College of Education and Human Ecology.
On April 1 Dr. Anand distributed a Request for Applications
from investigators at Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital for various
levels of pilot grant-supported research activities:
- LEVEL 1 support
for small innovative pilot studies or activities that enhance the Center’s
goals (less than $10,000/year for two years).
- LEVEL 2 support
for larger pilot studies to gather preliminary data to develop more extensive research
programs (less than $50,000/year for two years).
- SPECIAL PROJECTS
– support for multidisciplinary projects that show significant potential to
lead to Center- or program/project-level grant proposals (more than $50,000/year for two years).
- CO-FUNDING OF
FACULTY – seed start-up support for new faculty members for up to two years or
retention support for outstanding faculty in research areas that will
strengthen the overall goals of the Ingram Center.
EXTENDED TO June 1, 2011
date: EXTENDED TO August 1, 2011
Contact Dr. Anand at Rene.Anand@osumc.edu.