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Autism Speaks has funded over $8,000,000 in research grants in the state of New York. Funded studies include work done at:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University 
  • Cold Spring Harbor University
  • College of State Island/CUNY  
  • Columbia University
  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Cornell University
  • Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
  • Health Research, Inc.
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • New York University
  • New York University, Medical Center
  • New York University, School of Medicine
  • Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • State University of New York Upstate Medical Center
  • The City College of the City University of New York
  • University of Rochester
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Autism Treatment Network Sites:
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Agnes Whitaker, M.D.
Reet Sidhu, M.D.
Contact: Maureen McSwiggan-Hardin
Phone:  212-342-2117 
Please visit the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Program for more information.

University of Rochester Medial Center, Rochester, NY
Susan Hyman, M.D.
Tristram Smith, Ph.D.
Contact: Carol Stamm, Sr. Health Project Coordinator
Phone:  585-275-0953 
Please visit the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Research department for more information.

To learn more about the Autism Treatment Network visit

Clinical Trials Network:
Long Island Jewish Hospital Long Island,NY

Mount Sinai School of Medicine New York, NY

To learn more about the network or ongoing trials visit and

Spotlight on a Researcher
Dr. Betty Diamond at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has been investigating the role of maternal antibodies in autism spectrum disorders with her study The Pathogenesis of Autism: Maternal Antibody Exposure in the Fetal Brain. In her lab, she is identifying maternal sera with anti-brain antibodies, determining if these antibodies can cause brain pathology and neurologic abnormalities in mice exposed to them during pregnancy, characterizing the brain antigen(s) recognized by the antibodies and assessing how frequently these antibodies are present in mothers of children with autism. She also examines children born to mothers with particular maternal antibodies to determine the relationship between these circulating antibodies and autism behaviors in their children.


Did You Know....
Autism Speaks sponsored the first of its kind Immunology Workshop which evaluated the current of knowledge about the potential role of immunological factors in the pathogenesis of autism, and outlined critical areas of future research to clarify the relationship of such factors to autism and investigate their potential relevance for therapeutic interventions.

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