Academic Centres - Canada

Autism Research Training Program (ART)

ART is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR), with supplemental funding from the Sinneave Family Foundation. Its goal is to recruit and train outstanding researchers in the field of autism, in disciplines such as genetics, brain imaging, epidemiology, neurology, psychiatry, psychology and others.


Geneva Centre for Autism

The Training Institute of Geneva Centre for Autism was created in 1991 to address the need for wider public awareness and education on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Year-round workshops and consultations are provided on a fee-for-service basis to educators, health providers, other professionals, families and anyone with an interest in ASD.

The Training Institute Faculty includes professionals from a variety of disciplines, all with extensive experience in the field of ASD and related disorders. We also utilize the expertise of a number of Canadian and international authorities in the field of ASD. Training events are held at Geneva Centre for Autism, via webinars, as well as sponsored locally, nationally and internationally.

The Training Institute's reputation for excellence in training and consultation has made Geneva Centre for Autism the organization of choice for government ministries, publicly funded school boards, and other organizations embarking on autism-specific training initiatives.


Offord Centre for Child Studies, Autism Spectrum Disorder, McMaster University

Researchers at the Offord Centre for Child Studies are working to improve early detection and intervention so that children with ASD and their families can lead better lives. Their work includes investigating the genetic causes of autism, studies designed to track the development and outcomes of these children over time, and attempts to find the most cost-effective forms of early intervention that meet the varying needs of children with this condition.


The "Kilee Patchell-Evans" Autism Research Group, Psychology, The University of Western Ontario

The Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group, provides a unique environment to study the basic mechanisms involved in the causes and possible treatments of autism spectrum disorders. A multidisciplinary approach is used which combines the skills of both clinical and basic neuroscientists, involved in the study of brain development and behaviour.


Academic Centres - U.S.A.

Center for Excellence in Autism Research (CeFAR) at the University of Pittsburg

One of six centers to receive funds for autism research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of the Center is to conduct exceptional research on the cognitive, brain and genetic basis of autism. Through research the hope is to provide innovative treatment developments and to advance community services and government policy that will consistently improve the lives of those with autism spectrum disorders.


Collaborative Programs of Excellence in Autism (CPEAs)

In 1997, the NICHD, in collaboration with the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) , started a five-year, $45 million, international Network on the Neurobiology and Genetics of Autism. The Network included 10 Collaborative Programs of Excellence in Autism (CPEAs) that would conduct research to learn about the possible causes of autism, including genetic, immunological, and environmental factors.

In 2002, the NICHD and NIDCD renewed funding for the CPEA Network, agreeing to provide $60 million over a period of five years.

The CPEAs link 129 scientists from 23 universities in the United States, Canada, Britain, and five other countries, and more than 2,000 families of people with autism. In fact, as a result of the CPEAs, researchers now have data on the genetics and outward characteristics of the largest group of well-diagnosed persons with autism in the world


Institute of Community Integration, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, University of Minnesota

Through collaborative research, training, and information sharing, the Institute on Community Integration improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice.


Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH), University of North Carolina School of Medicine

TEACCH is an evidence-based service, training, and research program for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders.


UC Davis MIND Institute

The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care and cure of neurodevelopmental disorders

Austism and Behavioural Science Programs - Ontario

Chatham - St. Clair College


Hamilton - Mohawk College


Kingston - St. Lawrence College


London - Fanshawe College


Sarnia - Lambton College


Timmins - Northern College


Toronto - George Brown College


American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) Development for Proposed Revisions - Neurodevelopmental Disorders - A 05 Autism Spectrum Disorder


"Brain Anatomy and Its Relationship to Behavior in Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Multicenter Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study"

Ecker, C., Suckling, J., Deoni, S.C., Lombardo, M.V., Bullmore, E.T., Baron-Cohen, S., Catani, M., ... & Murphy, D.G.M. for the MRC AIMS Consortium. (2012). Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(2):195-209. doi: 10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.1251