New Program Aims to Spur Research into Innovative Treatment for Kids with Autism: New Program to Spur Innovative Autism Research

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OTTAWA - The federal government announced funding Tuesday to support research into autism spectrum disorder, a developmental neurological condition that affects thousands of Canadian children.

Federal Health Minister Leon Aglukkaq said $1 million will be allocated over five years to fund the Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research Program.

The program, funded by Ottawa and several partners, is aimed at helping a researcher bring innovative approaches to the treatment and care of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Researchers working in Canada and those willing to relocate to a Canadian research institution are eligible for the chair. Investigators not currently conducting research in the field of autism must demonstrate how they would bring new approaches to the treatment or care of individuals with ASD.

"Significant gaps exist in applied research that focuses on autism diagnosis, treatment and care," said Dr. Dan Goldowitz, scientific director of NeuroDevNet, an organization dedicated to helping children overcome neurodevelopmental disorders.

"We hope that this chair opportunity will attract interest from the best science minds across the globe, who see the potential that this position will provide in making a real difference in the lives of children, youth, adults and their families who live with autism every day. …