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The Autism Consortium catalyzes rapid advances in understanding of autism by fostering collaboration among families, researchers, clinicians, and donors. Our mission is to improve the care of children and families affected by autism and other neurological disorders.

Success and Transition

Transition plans for the Autism Consortium were announced at the Annual Research Symposium on October 21st, 2014. Click below to read the full statement.
















Our Report on Progress

Finding answers at the intersections of expertise and experience

Great minds do not think alike. Contrary to the cliché, great minds think in complementary ways to generate unique insights into seemingly intractable problems. Autism Spectrum Disorder is such a problem. The Autism Consortium is dedicated to fostering collaboration, and is uniquely positioned to succeed.

In 2006, a visionary group in Boston recognized that the problem of autism is too complex and too variable to solve piecemeal, too urgent to address incrementally. They founded the Autism Consortium, assembling an unprecedented team of imaginative, bold researchers dedicated to changing the way we understand and treat autism. Bold and creative donors fostering bold and creative science: a potent combination for revolutionizing science and treating a complex disorder now.

But donors funding researchers isn't enough. The Autism Consortium believes that the answer is a powerful combination of families and researchers, working together in a focused effort to break barriers and get results. We bring hope and help to families struggling with autism spectrum disorders. Our extraordinary network of leading scientists, physicians, patients, and families are working together in the search for treatments. In seven years, the Consortium has grown to a network of researchers and clinicians from 16 elite institutions in the Boston area, along with a committed community of patients and families.

The Autism Consortium is grounded in the belief that when great scientists put their minds together, they will make more progress more rapidly than they would working alone. Our core principles are simple:

  • Scientific collaboration accelerates research
  • ASD is a disorder that cannot wait for results to come from "business as usual"
  • Patients and families are integral to understanding and treating ASD; they are part of the research team