MSU and Autism Research

The MSU Initiative for Research in Autism, Intellectual and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities has a long and productive history with the DOCTRID (Daughters Of Charity – Technology, Research Into Disability) program.

DOCTRID was established under RESPECT (an Irish registered charity responsible for fundraising projects to assist people with intellectual disabilities) and the Daughters of Charity (DoC) Board. It encompasses the Daughters of Charity Disability Support Services, all Irish accredited universities, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology, Tralee (ITT) and two U.S. universities - Michigan State University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

One of DOCTRID’s programs, ASSISTID (Assistive Technologies for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism) administers the Marie Curie COFUND project. With $12.1 million (8.9 million euro) provided by the European Union and the Irish charity RESPECT (also operated by the Daughters of Charity), ASSISTID will support 40 post-doctoral fellows worldwide, in two waves of 20 until 2019.

According Michigan State University's president, Lou Anna K. Simon, the DOCTRID initiative "perfectly models the MSU method of knowledge discovery and application with partners on the ground, co-creating solutions to complicated problems. Part of the MSU land-grant model is based on the understanding that solving problems in one place gives us a foundation to apply it anywhere else, including our own backyard."

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Related MSU Centers

Michigan State University Autism Data Coordinating Center

As part of the congressionally mandated Study to Explore Early Development (SEED), the MSU Clinical and Translational Science Institute was awarded a grant to create a repository for data collected in the largest epidemiological study on autism.

Michigan State University Autism Lab
Directed by Brooke Ingersoll, the lab is focused on understanding the social communication deficits seen in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the development and evaluation of interventions that can improve these skills.

Michigan State University Center for Neurodevelopmental Study
The center, directed by Jodene Goldenring Fine, is a multi-disciplinary laboratory that uses state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques to better understand the neural mechanisms that underlay childhood developmental disorders and giftedness. Studies include research on social perception in children with autism spectrum disorders, response to feedback in children with ADHD, and mathematics giftedness.

Michigan State University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)
The center, directed by Andrea Amalfitano, provides infrastructure to support clinical and translational research. Designed to particularly facilitate team research, CTSI is responsive to the needs of research investigators and community health care providers. The service units of the Office of Clinical Research (OCR) and the Biomedical Research Informatics Core (BRIC) are within the MSU-CTSI.

Michigan State University Early Language and Literacy Investigations Laboratory (ELLI)
The ELLI lab is a research group that serves as a resource for both undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines across campus who are interested in young children's language and literacy development. ELLI provides students with opportunities to be involved in every step of the research process, from data collection to manuscript preparation.

Michigan State University Twin Registry
The Michigan State University Twin Registry (MSUTR) is made up of thousands of twins and their families throughout the state of Michigan who show interest participating in MSU research. These invaluable contributions led to groundbreaking discoveries with great potential. The discoveries could inform treatment and prevention efforts for a range of conditions carrying significant consequences for individual and public health.