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About the Autism Center of Excellence

Designated as an Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2007.


Our mission is to discover an early behavioral and biological signature of infants at risk for autism as young as 12 months.

To achieve this we use state-of-the-art methodology including functional brain imaging and structural brain imaging, eye gaze tracking, and detailed genetic tests that map early development in a wide range of babies including those at risk for autism as well as those who are developing normally.

The ultimate goal of our program is to help families by establishing reliable biomedical indicators that will translate into rapid identification and early treatment for all children who need it.

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The Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) is leading the way to illuminate autism's causes and determine effective early interventions.

Your support can help us continue to identify and treat autism at the early stage of life, when the possibilities for improvement are most promising. Our research is completely funded by grants and donations from people like you! 

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Research Publications

The Autism Center of Excellence has published more than 170 research articles on the topic of autism in leading journals such as Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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