Center for Autism Research Celebrates 10 Years of Advances

Published on in CHOP News

The Center for Autism Research is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. To mark the center’s first decade, a special 10th Anniversary Report was recently issued, detailing the milestones this ambitious research initiative has achieved as well as the exciting new discoveries that lie on the horizon.

The center was initially launched in 2008 when the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) resolved to build a world-class autism research in response to the rapidly rising prevalence and increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The hospital's leadership recruited Robert Schultz, PhD, to join Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH, in undertaking the monumental endeavor.

What began as a center almost exclusively dedicated to basic research, committed to discovering the genetic and brain-based differences involved with autism, has evolved into a more "translational" research model, where the bulk of CAR's discoveries can directly inform clinical guidance for patients at CHOP and across the world.

You can read more about the Center for Autism Research’s first 10 years by visiting their blog or downloading the 10th Anniversary Report.