The Simons Simplex Collection, which holds genetic, phenotypic and biological data from more than 2,600 simplex families, has helped lead the revolution in autism research.
SFARI researchers published dozens of papers in 2014, encompassing genetics research, imaging studies, behavioral studies and other approaches to understanding autism.
Autism BrainNet and its outreach arm, TakesBrains.org, aim to roughly double the number of brains available to autism researchers.
Neuroimaging datasets are expensive to obtain and cumbersome to share. The Project on Scientific Transparency aims to change all that.
Using new technologies to record activity from thousands of neurons simultaneously in the brains of awake, behaving animals, the collaboration aims to achieve a mechanistic understanding of brain processes.
Every teaspoon of seawater contains millions of microorganisms that we are just beginning to understand. The Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology aims to advance our understanding of the microbial processes that dominate the global oceans.
The Simons Center for Data Analysis (SCDA) includes six research groups that work to develop innovative methods for exploring the large datasets generated by new experimental technologies.
For Olga Troyanskaya, leader of the genomics group at SCDA, figuring out how to use ‘big data’ to study complex disorders such as autism or cancer is like trying to develop a Google for genomics.
SCDA’s systems biology group examines the links between the intricate machinery inside cells and the larger dynamics of the human body, such as the immune system and the microbiome.
The neuroscience group intends to not only crack the brain’s computational code, but also to invent novel data-processing techniques to understand the data generated by brain-imaging technology.
The Simons Collaboration on Algorithms and Geometry brings together mathematicians and computer scientists who work on a variety of questions at the interface of the two disciplines.
Investigators develop ways to solve the quantum mechanical behavior of systems composed of many interacting electrons, with the goal of revolutionizing our ability to calculate and understand the properties of materials important in everyday life.
The Simons Foundation’s Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems program uses theoretical and mathematical concepts to develop a quantitative understanding of all aspects of life.
Data would seem to be indispensable to both the hard and social sciences, but numbers are not always superior to other forms of evidence.
Math for America aims to make teaching a viable, rewarding and respected career choice for the best minds in science and mathematics.
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute is committed to expanding public understanding and appreciation of mathematics. An outreach grant from the Simons Foundation supports their message on the national and online stages.
The Simons Foundation’s journalistically independent online publication, Quanta, illuminates research developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and the basic life sciences.
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