Gene Discovery in Families with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

Project Details

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder defined by impaired social communication and repetitive behaviours. ASD has a strong genetic basis, and traits of ASD are often found throughout the family. Currently, the known genetic causes of ASD cause severe ASD and are usually not inherited. ASD without an intellectual disability, also known as high-functioning autism (HFA), may be caused by small genetic changes that are inherited through the family. We look at  families of children with HFA to find inherited genetic causes of ASD.

Researchers

Collaborators

  • The Royal Children's Hospital
  • Barwon Health
  • The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Austin Health
  • Professor Evan Eichler, Genomic Scientist, University of Washington

Funding

  • Understanding the Neurobiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder (Project Grants) awarded by NHMRC 2016-2020
  • Gene Discovery in Families with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder awarded by The Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation 2016
  • Gene Discovery in Families with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder awarded by The Austin Medical Research Foundation 2016

Research Group

The Collaborative AuTism Study (CATS)



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience, Child Health

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Child Health in Medicine



Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Medicine and Radiology

Unit / Centre

The Collaborative AuTism Study (CATS)