Meet Dr. Ryan Yuen. He is a Scientist in the Genetics & Genome Biology program at The Hospital for Sick Children who has a long history of working on autism research.
In 2013, he was a recipient of an Autism Speaks postdoctoral fellowship to support him in his study of the Y chromosome with the goal of understanding why some boys have been more likely to develop autism.
Dr. Yuen was also part of the University of Toronto’s team of researchers working on MSSNG —the world’s largest autism genomics project. Researchers were able to identify 18 new genes which increase the possibility of autism for an individual.
In 2017, he began a new journey as an assistant professor at U of T; inspiring the next generation of students. Autism Speaks awarded him a 2nd grant in 2019 to investigate the regions of the genome to find additional genetic contributions to autism.
Dr. Yuen believes genetic research is important as it can lead to improved diagnosis and supports for people with autism. Help support life enhancing research breakthroughs by donating generously.