The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development has been designated as a National Institutes of Health Autism Center of Excellence and received substantial funding for research on autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This $12 million, five-year program funds studies that seek to improve the screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of young children with autism and/or ADHD, a comorbidity that is prevalent but not well understood.
The Center’s mission is to provide exceptional, compassionate care to families so that each individual with autism will realize his or her fullest potential and to expand our impact through education, innovative research, and public policy. DIBS works closely with the Center to support education and outreach efforts such as the annual Autism Awareness Month lecture and Discovery Day.
DIBS Director Geraldine Dawson, PhD, a renowned researcher in the development and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in young children, directs the Autism Center. She is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in the Duke School of Medicine.