Autism is a complex multifaceted group of conditions, described by the umbrella term autism spectrum disorder.
Understanding neurodevelopmental conditions like autism require a comprehensive approach. That is where ACAR comes in:
To be a world-leading research centre that improves the lives of autistic people and their families
Our goal is to improve the lives of all affected by autism and related conditions by:
- Better understanding the mechanisms underlying autism
- Developing new diagnostic tools and effective interventions through transformative translational research
- Training existing and new generations of fundamental and clinical autism researchers
We are committed to:
- Realizing opportunities for successful community inclusion in all aspects of our work
- Research excellence and integrity in the spirit of Open Science, collaboration and accountability
An innovative approach:
Integrating autism care and research
ACAR is a state-of-the-art research centre that unites researchers and clinicians at The Neuro, McGill University and McGill-affiliated institutes.
We are Open Science
ACAR is powered by Open Science.
This aligns with our values of open sharing and collaboration, and makes sure that research is available worldwide to speed up discoveries.
ACAR Board Members
- Naomi Azrieli,
- Martha Crago,
Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, McGill University
- David Eidelman,
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
- Mayada Elsabbagh, Associate Director, ACAR Clinical Research
- Nicholas Katalifos,
- Antonia Maioni,
Dean, Faculty of Arts, McGill University
- Christopher Manfredi,
Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), McGill University
- Guy Rouleau,
- Julie Scorah,
- Stefano Stifani, Associate Director, ACAR Fundamental Research
- Marc Weinstein,
Vice-Principal, Advancement, McGill University
- Student representative (To be determined)
ACAR was established in 2017 following a transformational $16-million donation from the Azrieli Foundation.
For 25 years, the Azrieli Foundation has funded institutions as well as operated programs on the ground. The Foundation supports scientific and medical research - including ACAR - as well as higher education, Holocaust education, youth empowerment and school perseverance, music and the arts, architecture, and quality of life initiatives for people with developmental disabilities.