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The UWAC research program, supported by funding from private foundations and the National Institutes of Health, collaborates with families and individuals to conduct research with infants, toddlers, preschool and school-aged children, adolescents, and adults with autism. Located on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, the center is recognized as an Autism Center of Excellence by the National Institutes of Health. The UW Autism Center research program is engaged in several national and international collaborations, as well as independent projects, researching autism.

Now Recruiting! The Infant Brain Imaging Study – Early Prediction is enrolling infants ages 0-6 months who have an older sibling with or without autism. The study uses brain imaging to help detect infants who are likely to go on to develop autism. Infants complete developmental testing and MRI scans at 6, 12, and 24 months. This study builds on the findings of the previous IBIS study. To learn more, please contact our research coordinator at (206) 685-8404 or or see the press release here.

The On-Time Autism Intervention (OTAI) Project is a research-community partnership focused on engaging community partners, supporting community providers through collaboration and training, and is currently conducting pilot work in the community. Click here for more information.

Now Recruiting! The Infant Down Syndrome Study is enrolling infants ages 0-12 months with Down Syndrome and infants 0-6 months without Down Syndrome. The goal of this study is to characterize early intellectual, communication, and behavioral development and, for the first time, brain development in young children with Down Syndrome from 6 months of age through 24 months. This study mirrors and expands on the IBIS study and will use the knowledge gained from infants with a family history of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to further our understanding of Down Syndrome. To learn more, please contact our research coordinator at (206) 685-8404 or

The Haring Center research is driven by our mission to build inclusive communities that support the learning and developmental needs of children and families of all abilities and backgrounds. The transformational research conducted here informs policies and practices in inclusive education. 

SPARK stands for ‘Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research,’ and the mission is simple: we want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives.

The Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership In Research and Education (AASPIRE) brings together the academic community and the autistic community to develop and perform research projects relevant to the needs of adults on the autism spectrum.

RABLab, previously known as Bernier Lab researches cognitive, behavioral, neural and genetic differences among ASD. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the medical term for autism.  Autism is a spectrum of disorders with different causes and pathways, so autistic children need personalized support to thrive. Scientists across Washington State do research on many fronts to better understand multiple factors related to autism and ways to improve quality of life for autistic people and their families.


Seattle Children's Autism Center Clinical Research.  Some studies collect information to help us learn about the causes and effects of autism. Others are called clinical trials. They test new treatments in people to see how well they work and make sure they are safe. We have many studies now in progress.

The UW LAND Lab uses auditory brain development and how that relates to speech and music perception, listening in noisy real-world environments, and language learning. 

The Kleinhans Lab explore the relationship between clinical characteristics and symptom severity and abnormalities of the central nervous system structure and function using neuroimaging techniques.

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