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Importance of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Research

Els for Autism Foundation has six focus areas; Adult Services, Education, Global Outreach, Recreation, Therapy Services and Research.  Research tends to be the focus area discussed the least, but since the Foundation has significant research studies in progress, we want to provide an update.

In 2018 on the World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, the Foundation announced a joint initiative with Mount Sinai Health System of New York to create The Seaver Els Institute located at The Els Center of Excellence™ campus. The Seaver Els Institute research team began operations in August of 2018 and is currently conducting genetic and behavior studies as well as measurement of biological and behavior markers using non-invasive tools. These studies are open to a wide range of individuals and ages, including individuals with and without an ASD diagnosis.  If you or someone you know may be interested in participating, please visit the Foundation website.

“In addition to being mutually beneficial to both parties”, said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health Systems of New York, “this collaboration will result in breakthroughs that advance autism research and care for children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder.”

“Participating in research is incredibly helpful to the autism community and advancing our knowledge of ASD to improve assessment and intervention,” said Dr. Marlene Sotelo, Chief Operating Officer, Els for Autism Foundation. “Through this joint initiative we are expanding and elevating the Foundation’s Research focus area.”

For more information on the Foundation’s research initiatives, contact Dr. Christine Honsberger, Research Manager, or 561-320-9525.