The Escher Fund for Autism is pleased to announce its 2019 inaugural Escher Prizes in Germ Cell Exposures, recognizing researchers whose work shines a light on the heritable hazards of germline exposures to drugs or other chemicals. We invite you to nominate yourself or a colleague for one of these awards. Awardees will receive a $2,000 donation to help further their endeavors through their respective nonprofit institutions, as well as certificates of recognition.
Please help us recognize those who are breaking ground in revealing how germ cell exposure, particularly during the early stages of active reprogramming, to exogenous toxicants plays a non-genetic heritable role in the etiology of certain diseases and disorders, including but not limited to neurodevelopmental disorders, metabolic disorders, reproductive and socio-sexual disorders, asthma, allergies, and cancer. Areas of research may include, but are not limited to: epidemiology, animal models, in vitro assays, genomics, epigenomics and chromatin, toxicology, reproductive biology, chemical and pharmaceutical history, medical anthropology, and public health.
Deadline to submit a nomination is March 31, 2019. Depending on the quality of the submissions, 2 to 4 prizes will be awarded. To submit a nomination, simply email us: (1) name, email address and institutional affiliation of the individual making the nomination; (2) name, email address and institutional affiliation of the nominee; and (3) up to 500 words explaining the reasons you believe the nominee deserves an award, providing citations to any relevant papers.
Questions are welcome and may be directed here.
Escher Fund for Autism
Jill Escher, Escher Fund for Autism, is a California-based science philanthropist and mother of two children with severe autism, focused on the question of how environmentally induced germline disruptions may be contributing to today's epidemics of neurodevelopmental impairment. You can read about her discovery of her intensive prenatal exposure to synthetic hormone drugs here. Jill is also president of Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area.