the brain foundation, a 501c3 non-profit presents
International Symposium on Translational Research in Autism
Nov.8-10 Pleasanton, California
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a 501c3 organization
The BRAIN Foundation is a California public benefit non-profit organization. It’s goal is to catalyse scientific research that can improve the quality of life for those with neurological disorders and developmental disabilities through safe and evidence-based medicine. BRAIN funds research that has the promise of evolving into FDA approved treatments, organizes regular think tanks for researchers to develop new ideas and collaborate, and provides educational opportunities for clinicians and the public to learn about the latest state of-the-art medicine and research in its focus area.
Sarika Agrawal is Secretary and Board Member of BRAIN Foundation and responsible for activities related to its marketing, outreach, fund-raising, scientific study proposal solicitation and review. She has spent the past 12 years connecting with families with developmental disabilities and providing direct 1:1 mentoring and support. Prior to this, she led Strategy and Solutions Marketing as Vice President of BEA Systems, a software company, until its acquisition by Oracle Corporation. She has also advised CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy when she was at McKinsey and Company and volunteered at non-profits enabling education for underprivileged kids. She holds an MSEE from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Stanford University. Last but not the least, she is the mother of a boy diagnosed with autism and complex medical challenges.
Gita Gupta is a Board Member and Vice President of Emerging Research at Brain Foundation, responsible for identifying research initiatives. Gita is also Executive Director of the Anurag & Gita Gupta Family Foundation, a California-based private non-profit, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Gita’s focus is identifying is basic science research and translational research with the potential to significantly improve outcomes for individuals with autism, especially those with complex medical needs. After her son was diagnosed with autism, she became passionate about helping families find answers for their children’s complex medical needs. She has created a forum focused on evidence-based interventions for these children, with several thousand members in 15 countries. On the education front, Gita supports initiatives that enable access to an age-appropriate education for children and young adults with ASD who cannot speak fluently or handwrite. She is a Board Member of Communication First www.communicationfirst.org, which advocates for the civil rights of children and adults on the autism spectrum who cannot speak. Prior to her son being diagnosed with autism, Gita held executive roles in technology companies ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups, in market segments that include analytics, business applications, databases, development tools and social media. Gita loves the intellectual challenge of crafting product and market strategy for very early stage companies, and as time allows, she consults with select startups. Gita lives in California with her husband and her 12 year old son.
Elizabeth Horn is Vice President and a Board Member of BRAIN Foundation. She is also Founder and Executive Director of 2m Foundation, a California-based non-profit featuring COMPASS as one of its major initiatives. Conceived in 2014, Compass now includes 350 clinicians, scientists, IT experts, investors and families affected by autism all committed to finding answers by systematically gathering multi-omic data on individuals with the disorder. Ms. Horn’s latest effort is on the investment side – working with successful venture and accelerator stakeholders to develop the Autism Impact Fund, combining high-tech industry funding and start-up process with philanthropy to accelerate progress in all aspects of autism research, development and support. She is also a cofounder of charmtracker.com and Board Member of Medical Mine, Inc.
Pramila Srinivasan is President and Board Member of BRAIN Foundation. She is responsible for its day-to-day operations, overseeing its participants and volunteers on a daily basis. She is also an entrepreneur in the healthcare industry and supporter of medical research. Ms. Srinivasan holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University. She founded Medical Mine Inc. in 2010 which is now a leading Electronic Health Records company. This foundation is motivated by her desire to catalyze medical research that could help lead to FDA approved therapies for comorbidities affecting those with mental health and developmental disorders.