In 2021, ARI awarded grants to fund innovative research that holds realistic promise in impacting the lives of those on the autism spectrum. Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, we have been assisting many of our colleagues worldwide adjust their research plans so they can continue their efforts with minimal interruptions. We will continue adding research summaries from our 2021 grant recipients as we receive them – please check back for additional information.

The Autism Research Institute (ARI) conducts, sponsors, and supports research on the underlying causes of, and treatments for, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). In order to provide parents and professionals with an independent, unbiased assessment of causal and treatment efficacy issues, ARI seeks no financial support from government agencies or drug manufacturers.


Cross-talk between food-borne Lactiplantibacillus (Lpb.) plantarum and the endocannabinoid system towards Autism Spectrum Disorder

Natalia Battista, PhD
University of Teramo Faculty of Bioscience and Technology for Food, Agriculture and Environment

The role of male-specific perinatal sex hormones in the development of sex-biased mitochondrial and social behavioral dysregulation

Evan Bordt, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Targeting cerebellar inflammation to improve autism-related behaviors in Shank3b mutant mice, a model of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Yuri Bozzi, PhD
University of University of Trento CIMeC Center for Mind/Brain Sciences

Cerebellar Circuits in 3D: Screening autism-associated genes in cleared brains with in utero CRISPR genome editing

Cheryl Brandenburg, PhD
University of Maryland School of Medicine


Development of a biosensor for visualization of PTEN activity in the brain

Tal Laviv, PhD
Tel Aviv University
Sackler Faculty of Medicine