The National Autism Research Center is composed of scientists from Ben Gurion University (BGU) and physicians from Soroka Medical Center, who study, diagnose, and treat autism and other developmental disorders in the Israeli Negev (southern district of Israel).
The center was initiated in 2015 with an initial focus on building the first regional autism database in Israel and the entire middle east. Today, the database contains comprehensive information from over 1000 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 family while strengthening the clinical and scientific partnership that we have formed at the center.