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

Training and community: Building highly skilled teams of researchers, trainees and clinicians while actively engaging the wider autism community

Community engagement activities and events

ACAR connects with autism self-advocates, families and allies, researchers, professionals, decision makers, and community members in collaboration with the Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC), a FRQS-supported provincial network.

Upcoming TACC events


Conferences, workshops and training opportunities 

Quebec Autism Research Training (QART) Program

Mentoring the next generation

ACAR supports the Quebec Autism Research Training (QART) Program, led by the Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC). 

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Learn more about this year's group. 

The competitive program trains outstanding graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the latest research techniques and technologies, as well as develops career skills through multiple training opportunities and meaningful engagement with people living with autism, their families and the community.

QART searches for outstanding trainees carrying out multidisciplinary, innovative or translational projects. QART also emphasizes community outreach and engagement including trainee-led workshops on topics of interest (e.g. equity, diversity and inclusivity in science).

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Annual Autism Research Conference in partnership with the autism community

ACAR supports the autism research conference, organized by the Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC), which brings together world-renowned autism experts from academia, healthcare, government officials, policy makers, community leaders and self-advocates.

Together, participants engage in critical discussions on the future of autism care, new directions in fundamental and clinical research, updates on current research networks and cohorts, all while seeking to empower autistic people and their allies.

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NDD/ACAR Seminar Series: Embracing the complexity of neurodevelopment

The “Embracing the Complexity of Neurodevelopment” seminar series is proudly supported by The Neuro’s Neurodevelopmental (NDD) Group and Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR). It welcomes scientists, researchers, clinicians, and trainees in the field of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism, to connect and engage in meaningful dialogue about their work.

The Seminar Series intends to foster open communication and collaborations between researchers and clinical professionals within the McGill University network.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in presenting, please acar.neuro [at] (contact us).

Check our event listings for upcoming event dates, or join our newsletter for updates. 



Spectrum French Autism Research Newsletter

In partnership with Spectrum, ACAR, along with the Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC) and Institut Pasteur in Paris, are launching a curated Spectrum News autism research newsletter in French. 

The newsletter will launch in Fall 2022, with a new issue being published every 4 months thereafter. 

Editorial Board

Current members:

Myriam Beauchamp Noémie Hébert-Lalonde Gilles Pierre Maussion Luisa Sa Barreto Pimentel
Iles Gantois Cynthia Messier Solek Cecilia Rocha de Souza Yang Zhou

Term(s): 18 months, renewable

Become a member: Join the Editorial Board and help curate relevant and informative articles to translate and make available to our national and international colleagues. All enquiries, expressions of interest and applications should be directed via email to acar.neuro [at]



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Clinical Capacity Building Program

ACAR is taking concrete steps to improve access to care in Quebec and beyond with our Clinical Capacity Building Program.

Our professional development, training opportunities and case consultations help to enhance the skills of new and experienced clinical autism professionals, and build a community of shared learning, support and expertise.

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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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