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Dr. Robert H. Ring

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Employment History

  • Chief Science Officer
    Autism Speaks Inc
  • Vice President of Translational Research
    Autism Speaks Inc
  • Senior Director and Head of the Autism Research Unit
    Pfizer Inc
  • President
    Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism LLC (DELSIA)
  • President and Autism Speaks' Chief Science Officer
  • President of DELSIA
  • Chief Science Officer


  • Ph.D. , Molecular Neurobiology
    City of Hope National Medical Center
  • B.A. double major , Fine Art and Biology
    Westmont College
  • Ph.D. , Molecular Neurobiology
    City of Hope
  • B.A. degree , Fine Art and Biology
  • PhD
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But that is not what investigators, ..., 30 Jan 2015 [cached]
But that is not what investigators, including Robert Ring, discovered when they peered at the DNA of autistic families using high-tech genetic sequencing technology.
"You might predict ahead of time that if you have autism affecting more than one child, you would see similarities in the genetic predisposition for that between the children," he said. We actually see something very different."
Ring, of the advocacy group Autism Speaks, says researchers found that in almost 70 percent of cases in which two siblings developed autism, lightning essentially struck twice.
Ring says each pattern of differences has its own clinical manifestations and behaviors.
"We frequently refer to these differences as the same differences you might see in snowflakes," said Ring. "Every snowflake is different when you take a really close look at it. And indeed, as you look from one child to another child, the same unique differences are present there."
Ring says the findings strongly suggest that there are influences beyond genetic inheritance that play a role in the development of autism and the form it takes.
"This study definitely shows that in a family where two siblings have autism and they are genetically very similar but still different, we are seeing very different mutations in most cases behind that autism," he said.
He said this type of work will continue to grow.
"Hopefully in the next few years will be able to have a much clearer idea of the different sub-types of autism that can be explained through the lens of genetics," he added.
Ring says a full assessment of each child's genome can inform educators and therapists about the best way to personalize treatment for kids with autism.
News Bulletin of International HoloGenomics Society, 5 Jan 2015 [cached]
Whole-genome sequencing is absolutely essential, says Robert Ring, chief science officer at Autism Speaks and the former head of Pfizers autism unit.
Leadership | About Us | Autism Speaks, 28 May 2014 [cached]
Rob Ring -- Chief Science Officer
Rob Ring, Chief Science Officer
Rob Ring was named Chief Science Officer in June of 2013. Upon his appointment Rob said his first goal would be to "put science to work for our families," and that makes perfect sense given his background. Rob first joined Autism Speaks in June of 2011 as Vice President of Translational Research. In that role, Rob was responsible for the development and implementation of the foundation's expanding translational research portfolio, which serves to accelerate the process of converting scientific breakthroughs and innovations in technology into actual products that address the wide range of unmet needs of the autism community, from healthcare to education to daily living. Rob also serves as President of Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism (DELSIA), the venture philanthropy arm of Autism Speaks that is helping to facilitate translational activities in the for-profit sector required to develop commercial products that will improve the quality of life and health for individuals with autism.
Prior to joining Autism Speaks, Rob served as Senior Director and Head of the Autism Research Unit at Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development in Groton, Conn. There he led the first dedicated research group in the pharmaceutical industry focused specifically on the discovery and development of medicines for neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically ASD. Prior to Pfizer, Rob worked for over 10 years in psychiatric medicines discovery and development at Wyeth Research in Princeton, N.J.
Rob earned a B.A. double major in both Fine Art and Biology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., and a Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology from City of Hope in Southern California. He holds adjunct faculty appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (N.Y.) and Pharmacology and Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine (Philadelphia).
President - Robert H. Ring, ..., 4 Oct 2013 [cached]
President - Robert H. Ring, Ph.D.
Dr. Ring holds a dual role as DELSIA's president and Autism Speaks' chief science officer, providing overall leadership for Autism Speaks science programs and initiatives. Prior to joining Autism Speaks in 2011, Dr. Ring served as senior director and head of the Autism Research Unit at Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development, in Groton, Conn. Prior to Pfizer, Dr. Ring gained a decade experience in psychiatric drug discovery and development at Wyeth Research, in Princeton, N.J. Dr. Ring holds adjunct faculty appointments in psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and in pharmacology and physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine.
"With the publication of this study, ..., 24 April 2014 [cached]
"With the publication of this study, we should step back to recognize and celebrate the pioneering achievements of the AGP and what they have accomplished in helping to launch the field of genomic risk discovery in autism," says Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring.
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