Autism Spectrum Disorder Research

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The prevalence of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is steadily increasing and is now more than 10 times more common than it was 60 years ago. With that statistic in mind, IMRIC is embarking on new, intensive research in ASD. This research will question whether the maternal use of psychotropic drugs (i.e. anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety, anti-depressives, and other drugs affecting the brain) in pregnancy is associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the offspring.

ASD research groups at IMRIC will be actively engaged in research closely related to Autism and will start more focused efforts to understand this important disorder. IMRIC will address Autism from differenct approaches and methods with the involvement of basic science researchers and clinicians from various disciplines.

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