Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR): Transforming autism research, training and care -- improving lives via Open Science

About Us

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.

It is unique in integrating specialized clinical care, research and training that includes patients and their families in advancing discoveries.

Patients at the centre of autism research and care. What does ACAR's integrated approach mean for you? Opportunities to contribute to innovative research; access clinical specialists and personalized care, from childhood into adulthood; take an active part in advancing discoveries that directly benefit you.

We are Open Science

ACAR is powered by Open Science.

It makes use of The Neuro’s Open Science platforms: the C-BIG Repository and the Early Drug Discovery Unit.

This aligns with our values of open sharing and collaboration, and makes sure that research data are available to other researchers and clinicians worldwide to speed up discoveries.

Our Team


ACAR Board Members

Our Partners: The Azrieli Foundation

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.

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The Neuro is a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.




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