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Ingram Autism Research Center connects leading researchers, seeks proposals

Bill and Marci Ingram

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

Watch the video on Big Ten Network: http://bit.ly/hNacnp

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.

Oversight 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.

Steering Committee:

  • 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 of Medicine.
  • 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.

Submission deadline: EXTENDED TO June 1, 2011

Project start date: EXTENDED TO August 1, 2011

Contact Dr. Anand at Rene.Anand@osumc.edu.

http://go.osu.edu/Autism_Ingram_Fund

http://bit.ly/dKTF3W

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NisongerNews Volume 5, Issues 3 & 4, Winter/Spring 2011