,Ph.D. Alan Packer, Ph.D.
As associate director for research at the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, Alan Packer, Ph.D., helps to oversee a portfolio of grants to scientists working on all aspects of autism research. He did his graduate work in cell biology and genetics at the Weill Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental genetics at Columbia University. Prior to joining the Simons Foundation he spent eight years as an editor at the journal Nature Genetics.
Solving the Puzzle of AutismTo find reliable treatments, we first need to untangle its myriad causes
In order to understand autism, we first need to determine the genetic, neuronal, and behavioral elements at play. Researchers will then need to translate this understanding into treatments, an undertaking that will require a long-term, interdisciplinary approach.