SafeMinds Funded Research
Research has always been one of the core initiatives of SafeMinds. In 1999, when founding members of the organization recognized the extensive overlap between the symptoms of mercury toxicity and autism, they published an extensive literature review documenting these findings. In so doing, SafeMinds brought the issue of environmental factors in the etiology of autism to national and international attention. Since that time, SafeMinds has diligently worked to move the science forward by continuing to write and publish peer-reviewed research articles, network with leading scientists in the fields of toxicology and autism research, and directly fund strategic research necessary to advance our understanding of the role of environment in the development of autism spectrum disorders. The overall goals of SafeMinds research initiatives are to elucidate mechanisms of injury, identify target organ systems prone to injury and the manifestations of those injuries, to better understand the role of genetic susceptibility and most importantly, how to effectively restore health to those with autism spectrum disorders. Important research findings are rapidly communicated to the public in an effort to raise awareness and prevent future harm.
To date, SafeMinds efforts are responsible for the publication of over 20 research articles and investment of almost $1.5 million dollars into research. Click here to review these publications.