By Laura Otto
January 1, 2019
A research university runs on federal grant funding. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is one of the nation’s top research universities as recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It had $58 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2018. More than half of that amount – $29.5 million – came from federal agencies supporting research issues such as renewable energy, the developing adolescent brain and the beginnings of the universe.
Here is a look at the 10 largest active grants of 2018…
Is air pollution linked to autism and ADHD?
Amy Kalkbrenner, public health
$2.4 million over five years, National Institutes of Health
Autism affects 1 in 68 children and is thought to arise from a blend of genetic predisposition and environmental triggers that alter brain development of children in utero. The purpose of this research is to explore how air pollution from car emissions may be linked to both autism and another developmental disorder, attention deficient disorder. The project aims to uncover whether exposure to pollutants during certain periods of pregnancy is more harmful to the developing brain than exposure in early childhood. It also looks at whether some genes can be protective or increase susceptibility to harm from pollution.