"New MIT center to fund autism research: Grants to focus on experimental ideas," Boston Globe, December 14, 2011.

"Understanding Autism: MIT researchers are working to explain a baffling condition.,"
Technology Review, March/April, 2010.

"Record Number Of Researchers, Advocates, Parents Drawn To Autism Consortium Symposium For Autism Update,"
Medical News Today, November 6, 2009.

"Back to (brain) basics: MIT neuroscientists are using their knowledge of the brain to generate promising treatments for autism, mental retardation, and Alzheimer's disease,"
MITnews, November 3, 2009.

"Is autism genetic? Researchers zero in on an answer,", October 15, 2009.

"Scientists Spot Possible Treatment for Rett Syndrome,"
US News & World Report, February 10, 2009.

"Growth hormone could help reverse autism-like condition in girls,", February 9, 2009.

"2 Genes Implicated in Autism,"
US News & World Report, February 9, 2009.
Changes in brain structure in MeCP2 mutant mice and the effects of IGF-1 treatment

Sur Laboratory involvement in autism research initiatives
The Sur Lab leads several research programs aiming to better understand and treat autism spectrum developmental brain disorders. The Simons Center for the Social Brain at MIT, directed by Mriganka Sur, awards seed grants and fellowships for investigations of autism and autism spectrum disorders, and supports the improvement and expansion of autism research infrastructure at MIT. In addition, we are a member of the Autism Consortium, a collaboration between 75 Boston-area researchers and clinicians at 13 universities and hospitals, whose goals include family support, advancing phenotyping and characterization, discovering genes, developing models and discovering mechanisms that underlie brain dysfunction, advancing cognitive neuroscience, and developing therapeutic and treatment strategies for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Autism Research Resources
Autism Consortium
Autism Speaks
International Rett Syndrome Foundation
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Simons Center for the Social Brain

Latest Publications
Tropea D., Giacometti E., Wilson N.R., Beard C., McCurry C., Fu D.D., Flannery R., Jaenisch R., Sur M. Partial reversal of Rett Syndrome-like symptoms in MeCP2 mutant mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 106:2029-2034. 2009. [PDF]

Page D.T., Kuti O.J., Prestia C., Sur M. Haploinsufficiency for Pten and Serotonin transporter cooperatively influences brain size and social behavior. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 106:1989-1994. 2009. [PDF