The Negev Autism Center unites scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and physicians from Soroka University Medical Center, who study, diagnose, and treat autism in the Israeli Negev.
The main goal of the researchers at the Center is to understand the underlying biology of autism and utilize this understanding to develop new therapies and technological aids for the disorder.
The center was launched in 2015 with an initial focus on building the first regional autism database in Israel. Today, the database contains comprehensive information from over 700 children who were referred to Soroka with a suspicion of autism. This data includes a wide variety of clinical, behavioral, genetic, neuroimaging, and other measures from both the referred children and their parents.
We continue to recruit approximately 150 new families annually and collect longitudinal data during annual follow up visits. Our current focus is on expanding the types of data that are collected from each child and their families while strengthening the clinical and scientific partnership that we have formed at the Center.
For more details about the Negev Autism Center and ongoing scientific projects please visit our website