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Steering Committee

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Idan Menashe (PhD) - Center's Director

Idan Menashe is a faculty member in the Public Health Department at BGU. Idan and his students use integrated epidemiological, statistical, and bioinformatics approaches to study the effects of genetic and non-genetic risk factors contributing to ASD etiology. Projects include a focus on revealing  ASD prevalence, exposure to risk factors, and genetic variations in the Bedouin population and assessment of the effect of prenatal air pollution on the risk of ASD in Israel. For more information see Idan's personal website.

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Ilan Dinstein (PhD) - Center's Vice Director

Ilan Dinstein is a faculty member of Psychology and Cognitive & Brain Sciences at BGU. Ilan and his students use neuroimaging techniques including MRI and EEG to better understand brain function and structure during early autism development, with a strong focus on 1-4 years old toddlers. Projects include the acquisition of overnight EEG recordings and MRI scans from toddlers during natural sleep. For additional information see Ilan's personal page.

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Gal Meiri (MD) - Steering Committee

Gal Meiri is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at Soroka Medical Center and a faculty member of the BGU Medical School. Together with his staff, Gal diagnoses approximately 150 new autism cases annually and performs follow-up assessments of the children until the age of 8. Gal studies the prevalence of autism in the Bedouin community with a focus on understanding cross-cultural social, genetic, and environmental risk factors. In addition Gal has initiated a new program to implement MCHAT screening tools in the Negev

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Hava Golan (PhD) - Steering Committee

Hava Golan is a faculty member in the Physiology and Cell Biology department at BGU. Hava and her students study how in-utero hypoxia-ischemia, inflammation, and antiepileptic medications affect brain development in animal models. A current research focus is on the potential role of maternal/fetal one-carbon metabolism in autism. Hava studies both genetically deficient animal models and human mothers with genetic polymorphisms that confer susceptibility. For additional information see Hava's personal website.

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