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    The BGU and Soroka Hospital Autism Research Center is composed of scientists and clinicians who work on autism and other developmental disorders in the Israeli Negev (southern district of Israel - population of approximately one million people). To enable autism research in the Negev, we have built the regional autism database, which contains a wide variety of information about children who are diagnosed with autism and their families including clinical, behavioral, genetic, neuroimaging, blood work, and other measures. We began recruiting families to the database project in January 2015 and have so far had an annual recruitment rate of approximately 200 new families. We continue to actively recruit families for a wide variety of studies and plan to begin several clinical studies in the near future.

    The main goal of the research center is to understand the underlying biology of autism given that autism is not a single disorder, but rather a family of distinct biological disorders that are associated with different genetic and environmental causes and risk factor

    To achieve this goal we pursue inter-disciplinary research involving genetics, molecular biology, neuroscience, epidimiology, computer science, and developmental psycology.

    In addition, the center holds bi-weekly seminars at the Preschool Psychiatry Unit in Soroka Hospital where we discuss different scientific and clinical issues related to autism. Seminars are given by members of the center as well as by external guests. Anyone with an interest in autism and a basic scientific or clinical background is invited to join.