Stephen Siecinski, a graduate student mentored by Dr. Simon Gregory, has received a 2016 Autism Speaks Weatherstone Fellowship. Stephen is one of three selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants.
During the two year grant award Stephen will be investigating genetic and epigenetic signatures of treatment response to oxytocin in humans and mice. Using data from the SOARS-B clinical trial, he hopes to develop our understanding of the mechanistic impacts of chronic intranasal oxytocin exposure in the blood and in socially relevant regions of the brain.
Autism Speaks established the Dennis Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship Program in 2008 with a generous grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The program honors the late financier Sir Dennis Weatherstone and his commitment to the education of early career scientists pursuing autism research. Lady Weatherstone and daughter Cheryl Weatherstone continue to actively support this fellowship program on a personal level.