Research Overview

DNA | Duke Autism

Our goal is to develop improved methods of screening, diagnosis, and treatment to help individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities reach their full potential. Our research efforts span the continuum from discovery of novel findings to dissemination of best practices in the community. We are administered through the Duke School of Medicine and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, and partner with many other interdisciplinary institutes, centers, and initiatives across the university, including the Duke Global Health Institute, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, and the Information Initiative at Duke

Our research funding comes from a variety of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, internal Duke funding such as Bass Connections, foundations such as the Autism Science Foundation and the Marcus Foundation, industry partners, and individual donors.  

You can find out more about how to donate to our research mission here

Click here to find out how you can become part of our research family. 

Listen to Dr. Dawson discuss future directions in autism research.