Mayada Elsabbagh, PhD

Mayada Elsabbagh, PhD
Contact Information
Email address: 
mayada.elsabbagh [at]
Hospital title: 
Associate Professor in Neurology and Neurosurgery

My research focuses on understanding the root causes of autism and tracing its developmental pathways. The approach combines innovative research with the mission of accelerating the translation of scientific discoveries into community impact. My contributions include the discovery of very early brain function markers for autism prior to the onset of behavioural signs.

I have supported the successful launch of several collaborative research and translational networks aimed at accelerating the pace of discovery in autism. This includes my roles as the Associate Director of Clinical Research at The Neuro's Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR) and the Director of the Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC) which advances discovery, training, and community partnerships.

I am also active in global efforts to improve evidence-based practice in the community and capacity building with a special focus on underserved groups, both in Canada and in low- and middle-income countries.

Selected publications: 

O’Reilly C, Larson E, Richards JE, Elsabbagh M. (2020) Structural templates for imaging EEG cortical sources in infants. Neuro Image 227:117682. link

van Noordt SJR, Desjardins J, Huberty S, Abou-Abbas L, Webb SJ, Levin A, Segalowitz SJ, Evans A, The BASIS Team, Elsabbagh M. (2020) EEG-IP: An International Infant EEG Data Integration Platform for the Study of Risk and Resilience in Autism and Related Conditions. Mol Med 26:40. link

Elsabbagh M. (2020) Linking risk factors and outcomes in autism spectrum disorder: is there evidence for resilience? BMJ 368:l6880. link

Tesfaye R, Courchesne V, Yusuf A, Savion-Lemieux T, Singh I, Shikako-Thomas K, Mirenda P, Waddell C, Smith IM, Nicholas D, Szatmari, P, Bennett T, Duku E, Georgiades S, Kerns C, Vaillancourt T, Zaidman-Zait A, Zwaigenbaum L, Elsabbagh M. (2019) Assuming ability of youth with autism: Synthesis of methods capturing the first-person perspectives of children and youth with disabilities. Autism 23: 1882-1886. link

Lord C, Elsabbagh M, Baird G, Veenstra-Vanderweele J. (2018) Autism spectrum disorder. Lancet 392(10146):508-520 link

Research areas: 
Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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