Autism Research Initiative

Simons Simplex Collection

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.


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SFARI Research Roundup

SFARI researchers published dozens of papers in 2014, encompassing genetics research, imaging studies, behavioral studies and other approaches to understanding autism.


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Autism BrainNet

Autism BrainNet and its outreach arm, TakesBrains.org, aim to roughly double the number of brains available to autism researchers.

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Life Sciences

Project on Scientific Transparency

Neuroimaging datasets are expensive to obtain and cumbersome to share. The Project on Scientific Transparency aims to change all that.

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Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain

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.

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Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology

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.

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Simons Center for Data Analysis

Simons Center for Data Analysis

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.

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SCDA:
Genomics Group

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.

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SCDA:
Systems Biology Group

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.

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SCDA:
Neuroscience Group

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.

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Mathematics & Physical Sciences

Simons Collaboration
on Algorithms and Geometry

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.

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Simons Collaboration on
the Many Electron Problem

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.

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Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems and Conference on Theory and Biology

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.

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Education & Outreach

Essay:
Driven by Data

Data would seem to be indispensable to both the hard and social sciences, but numbers are not always superior to other forms of evidence.



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Math for
America

Math for America aims to make teaching a viable, rewarding and respected career choice for the best minds in science and mathematics.



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Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

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.

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Quanta
Magazine

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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