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Upcoming CAR Events

April 26, 2015

A family fun & awareness day, Huddle Up for Autism will be highlighted by appearances by current, Eagles players, cheerleaders and SWOOP,
Huddle Up for Autism

April 29, 2015

This workshop is for professionals who work with young children who have been newly-diagnosed with, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Topics will
Next Steps Workshop for Professionals

Welcome to the Center for Autism Research

Though 1 in 88 individuals has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD or autism), the causes for ASD are not yet fully known and there is no cure (and healthy debate as to if there should be) and few truly effective treatments.

The mission of the Center for Autism Research (CAR) is to make rapid progress in understanding the underlying causes of autism. Our mission is based on the principle that effective treatments for ASD will only emerge with increased understanding of the causes. Our ultimate goal is to discover which treatments work best for which individuals, based on genetic, brain imaging, and behavioral profiles. To this end, we evaluate hundreds of children each year through research studies at our Center.

CAR's mission also extends to training the next generation of clinical and research experts devoted to ASD. Currently there are waiting lists to access autism services all across the United States, largely due to a dearth of experienced providers. Clinical and research fellows who complete CAR's rigorous training program have the foundation to become leaders in the field.

In addition to the big picture vision aimed at improving treatments and access to services in the long run, CAR is committed to serving the needs of families living with ASD now. CAR is a resource to these families, providing education, service guidance, and extensive diagnostic and developmental evaluations free of charge through our research protocols.

CAR is comprised of a group of tireless and passionate scientists, clinicians, and research support staff who are committed at all levels of the organization to making a difference in the lives of families affected by ASD.

Research Highlights

View our video interview with the Ott family to learn more about their family's experience with autism.

Treatment trial to improve social learning

Boys needed to test whether the naturally occurring hormone oxytocin can enhance social learning.

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