Autism Center of Excellence (ACE)
The Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) and Healthy Infant Development Laboratory is dedicated to discovering the causes of autism and paving the way for more effective autism treatment.About Us
New Paper Released!
In autism, reduced attention to and interest in a parent's "motherese" speech may be driven by reduced brain responses to motherese speech, and that may diminish social and language learning experiences.Read more
Support Our Work
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!How to Donate
How to Participate
Find out how you can help advance the knowledge and treatment of autism while learning more about your child's development.
Join our team
Undergraduate volunteers, Graduate students, Postdoctoral researchers — join us in our work to uncover the mysteries of autism.
ASD Brain Response to Motherese
Is reduced behavioral orienting to motherese speech in toddlers with ASD related to reduced neural responses to motherese?
Sparking a Change at ACE
SPARK is the largest autism research project in US history, and the mission is simple: speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives.
Over 6,000 participants, including individuals diagnosed with ASD and their family members, have signed up for SPARK through UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence (ACE).
News & Announcements
Spectrum News profile on Eric Courchesne: Reaching for the Rings in Autism Research
Nature: Large-scale Targeted Sequencing Identified Risk Genes For Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Researcher Spotlight on Dr. Karen Pierce's journey with autism, SPARK, and the Get SET Early model
Concerned your child has autism?
Early Signs of Autism
Identifying autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) at the earliest age possible can be very beneficial. There are early signs or behaviors of ASD that a child between 12–24 months old might exhibit.
There are different types of screening approaches, including the Get SET Early Model, which is designed to facilitate ASD diagnosis and treatment as early as the first or second trimester.
ACE Research Areas
Autism Research Programs at the UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence are contributing to the overall understanding of autism spectrum disorder.
Eye Gaze Tracking
At the UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence, Dr. Karen Pierce and her team are using eye tracking technology to identify eye tracking patterns that can be used as an early sign of autism.
Support Our Work
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!
UC San Diego ACE is in the ADDM Network
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has selected UC San Diego ACE as one of only 10 sites in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Our Center will shed light on the number of individuals living with autism and other developmental disabilities in the San Diego community.
Health Hero Awards
Introducing the Health Hero of the Month!
During selected months, we highlight a healthcare staff member within our pediatric network who is outstanding in supporting their community and identifying early signs of developmental delays.
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