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ACAR-Funded Research

ACAR offers seed funding through its Azrieli Awards in Neurodevelopment, a competitive peer-review program for researchers undertaking innovative projects focused on autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions. 

Awards are granted to fundamental, clinical, and applied sciences projects that demonstrate concrete advancements in the field and improve the lives of autistic individuals and their families.


Christine Tardif

Christine Tardif

with Sebastien Jacquemont

Investigation of brain tissue microstructure in carriers of 16p11.2 and 22q11.2 copy number variants using 7 Tesla MRI

Wei-Hsiang Huang

Wei-Hsiang Huang,

with Keith K. Murai

Generation of advanced animal models for a syndromic autism spectrum disorder

Arkady Khoutorsky

Arkady Khoutorsky

Elevated protein synthesis in microglia in fragile X syndrome pathophysiology

Learn more about the 2021 research projects


Haim A. Abenhaim

Evaluating the Pharmacologic Effect of Oxytocin on the Development of Childhood Autism

Jean-Francois Poulin

Mapping genetically-defined dopamine circuits underlying social behaviours in a mouse model of ASD

Edward Ruthazer

Interaction of immune activation and genetic ASD susceptibility in a live-imaging model of neurodevelopmental circuit dysregulation

Wayne Sossin

Understanding the role of RNA granules in the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorder

Learn more about the 2020 research projects


Timothy Kennedy

Timothy E. Kennedy

Philippe Campeau,
CHU Sainte Justine
Determine the Role of Netrin-3 in an Autism-Like Neurodevelopmental Disorder

Aparna Suvrathan

Aparna Suvrathan

Jesper Sjöström, Centre for Research in Neuroscience, McGill University Heterogeneity of cerebellar learning rules in Fragile X syndrome

Yang Zhou

Guy Rouleau,
The Neuro

Yeming Xie,
The Neuro

Identifying molecular pathways and neural mechanisms underlying rescue effects of lithium in a mouse ASD model of SHANK3 haploinsufficiency

Learn more about the 2019 research projects


Boris Bernhardt profile

Boris Bernhardt

Bratislav Misic,
The Neuro

Jonathan Smallwood,
University of York

Michael Milham,
Child Mind Institute, Nathan Kline Institute

Richard Bethlehem,
University of Cambridge

Seok-Jun Hong,
Child Mind Institute

Casey Paquola,
The Neuro

Computational analysis of macroscale hierarchy and microcircuit imbalance in autism: a novel framework to understand phenotypic diversity and transcriptomic associations

Jean-François Cloutier

Keith Murai, Centre for Research in Neuroscience, McGill University Defining the impact of 16p11.2 microdeletions on cortical interneuron development

Philippe Seguela profile

Philippe Séguéla

David Rudko,
The Neuro
“Out of touch”: Altered somatosensation in autism spectrum disorders


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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are 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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