The Negev Autism Center recently won the Ministry of Science and Technology tender to establish a national information center on the subject of autism. As such, it will become the coordinating body to assemble national studies on autism, provide access to research scholars seeking new methods, create shared national databases and distribute information to decision makers and the general public.
The Center was founded in 2015 by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and doctors from Soroka University Medical Center who diagnose, treat and research autism. Together they created the first database of its kind in Israel with a variety of clinical, behavioral, and biological measurements, gathered from hundreds of children with autism and their families.
The Center, headed by Prof. Ilan Dinstein, Dr. Gal Meiri, Dr. Idan Menashe and Dr. Hava Golan, embodies a unique multi-disciplinary collaboration where scientists and clinicians from a variety of different fields including pediatrics, neurology, psychiatry, genetics, neuroscience, developmental psychology, molecular biology and biomedical engineering share data.
Clinical collaboration on this research is unique on an international scale and has now been recognized by the Ministry of Science by selecting the Center from the proposals submitted by the rest of the universities in Israel.
Above left to right: Dr. Idan Menashe, Dr. Gal Meiri and Prof. Ilan Dinstein