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New Award from Autism Speaks Will Support Ongoing Autism Treatment Network Services

New Award from Autism Speaks Will Support Ongoing Autism Treatment Network Services

Autism Speaks has awarded $460,000 to UPMC to continue its participation as an Autism Treatment Network (ATN) site. The three-year foundation grant supports comprehensive diagnosis and medical evaluation for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  “We are extremely pleased that Autism Speaks has recognized the past efforts of the Pittsburgh ATN site by awarding our program with an additional three years of funding,” said Benjamin Handen, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Psychology and Education at the University of Pittsburgh, and Principal Investigator of the Pittsburgh site.  “Over 230 families have enrolled locally, which attests to the level of interest that the ATN has generated.”  The Pittsburgh site will be led by Dr. Handen, in partnership with Department colleagues, Cynthia Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Education, and Director of the Autism Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and Nancy Minshew MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Director of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Excellence in Autism Research. Click here to learn more.