The Center for Excellence in Autism Research (CeFAR) at the University of Pittsburgh, under the direction of Nancy J. Minshew, MD., Shaun M. Eack, PhD. and Carla A. Mazefsky, PhD, is developing new interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and conducting clinical trials to assess efficacy. Evidence of efficacy is key to approval of interventions for standard of care and reimbursement by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid. These interventions are based on findings from previous studies on the cognitive, neurological and genetic basis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Through this research we hope to provide innovative treatment developments, achieve dissemination to the community and advance public policy to improve the lives of those with autism spectrum disorders.
This center has several current research programs that are actively recruiting participants.This center contributes to the National Database for Autism Research NDAR, a secure research data repository promoting data sharing and collaboration among ASD investigators. The following video will give you a better understanding of the goals for NDAR.
National Database for Autism Research (NDAR)