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Research Program on Autism Spectrum Disorders


This program supports research designed to elucidate the characterization, epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatment and outcomes of autism and related disorders. Of particular interest are studies that will lead to improved screening and diagnostic tools, enhanced phenotyping, a better understanding of mechanisms and underlying neurobiology, and novel or improved treatments and intervention strategies.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Studies of brain mechanisms underlying the development of autism and related disorders
  • Biobehavioral models of core features, including targeted animal studies
  • Studies identifying risk factors for autism and related disorders
  • The development of new screening tools for use in a variety of settings, and new measures to be used in longitudinal studies
  • Studies of the developmental course of autism across the life-span
  • Development of novel treatments, including identification of mechanisms of action and predictors of response to treatment


Lisa Gilotty, Ph.D.
Program Chief
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7165, MSC 9617

Frank Avenilla, Ph.D.
Program Analyst for Autism Research
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7164, MSC 9617