Autism Spectrum Disorder
Every year, more and more children get diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With an onset prior to 3 years of age, these children spend the majority of their lives dealing with the academic and social implications that are associated with this brain disorder.
The exact cause of Autism remains unknown however IMRIC is committed to making as many strides in research in this area as possible.
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.
CFHU has facilitated this symposium, together with our Israeli counterparts, targeting leading scientists, clinicians, and families, in our ongoing collaboration in key ASD research partnerships between Canada and Israel.