The Autism Research Training (ART) Program is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR), with supplemental funding from the Sinneave Family Foundation. Its goal is to recruit and train outstanding researchers in the field of autism, in disciplines such as genetics, brain imaging, epidemiology, neurology, psychiatry, psychology and others.
The specific goals of the Program are:
- to recruit and train highly qualified researchers in transdisciplinary autism research
- to provide trainees with a rich and unique training and mentorship experience that reflects the multiple facets of autism, the concerns of affected individuals and their extended families, the needs of service providers, and policy priorities at all levels of government
- to prepare our trainees to become highly productive, ethically responsible independent investigators, with the technical and professional skills that are required to become effective leaders, communicators, and knowledge translators
- to attract international students, through initiatives such as the Pan American Autism Training Initiative (PAATI) and the Canada-China Norman Bethune Health Research Scholarships Program
- to develop a systematic and sustainable knowledge dissemination activity that will provide all stakeholders, including individuals with autism and their families, with accessible usable accounts of the latest research evidence
- to address the gaps in current research and adjust our training activity to future strategic directions for autism research.
The Program is based out of McGill University and University of Alberta, and coordinates activities with 14 other Canadian universities.