The Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism

Scientific Advisory Committee

As part of its enabling legislation, the Executive Director of the Council is responsible for establishing a Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). Members of the SAC are nationally renowned experts in autism; three biomedical research scientists with demonstrated achievements in biomedical research and two medical clinicians whose practice is primarily devoted to the treatment of individuals with autism. The SAC makes recommendations to the Council, through the Executive Director, on the most promising research studies for biomedical research, diagnosis and treatment for ASD. These recommendations by the SAC are intended as guidance to the deliberations of the Council, which is responsible for decisions on funding of programs and grants.

Scientific Advisory Committee Members

Ted Abel, Ph.D.
Director, Iowa Neuroscience Institute
Professor, Departments of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Psychiatry, and Biochemistry
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA

Eric M. Morrow, M.D., Ph.D.
Mencoff Family Professor of Biology
Director, Center for Translational Neuroscience
Carney Institute for Brain Science
Brown University
Providence, RI

Alex Paciorkowski, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

Louis Reichardt, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Departments of Physiology and Biochemistry & Biophysics
University of California San Francisco
Past Director, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
San Francisco, CA


Last Reviewed: 4/12/2023