Community Study of the Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Project Details

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder defined by impairment in social communication, along with the presence of repetitive or unusual behaviours or interests. The number of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased over the past 30 years to one in 68. However, the causes of ASD are not fully understood. Because the symptoms and severity of the disorder vary, there are likely to be many causes. It is thought that genetic factors play a major role with a possible environmental contribution. In this study, we aim to understand the genetics and inheritance pattern of Autism Spectrum Disorder.



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


  • Understanding the Neurobiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder (Project Grants) awarded by NHMRC 2016-2020

Research Group

The Collaborative AuTism Study (CATS)

Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience, Child Health

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Child Health in Medicine

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