Next Phase of MSSNG
Wise Family Foundation has made a $3.5M commitment to support the Autism Speaks science program. This commitment will specifically support the $12M+ expansion of the MSSNG platform to include not only genomic whole sequenced data but also innovative biological and clinical measurements from autistic individuals and their families.
This expanded effort will advance our ability to:
- increase early detection of autism risk through whole genome sequencing as part of first-line medical evaluation for autism
- identify autism sub-groups using specific biological processes and corresponding clinical and behavioral measurements to derive these multiple autisms
- inform autism treatment protocols where a person’s personal genomic and biological data may indicate a recommended adjustment to their healthcare regime.
This expansion of the MSSNG platform; seeks to bring an unprecedented level of research expertise together to understand the complex causes of autism and identify potential treatments that change the life trajectory of people born with autism.
MSSNG is a groundbreaking collaboration between Autism Speaks, Autism Speaks Canada, Google and the research community to create the world’s largest genomic database on autism. MSSNG’s goal is to provide the best resources to enable the identification of many subtypes of autism, which may lead to better diagnostics, as well more personalized, accurate treatments. The Wise Family Foundation is a leader in empowering scientific research. In 2014, the Wise Family Foundation was one of the first Canadian foundations to commit $2M to this project.