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Neurobiological Investigations of the Autistic Brain 

This project involved advancing neurobiological investigations of the autistic brain. Support from the Foundation went towards financing the modernization of The Autism Research Foundation’s (TARF) tissue processing and slide preparation techniques, helping to upgrade TARF’s original computerized cell counting system, and helping to provide essential personnel critical to the investigation of TARF’s autistic brain material and integration of TARF’s neuroanatomical projects into the collaborative research efforts of the Autism Research Consortium. Specifically, the Foundation provided support for a large magnitude cryostat microtome to prepare slide material for study. The cryostat utilizes frozen tissue which eliminates the prolonged fixation time needed in the outdated process for the processing of celloidin embedded tissue.