La Trobe to lead new autism research

La Trobe University’s Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) has secured one of five national grants for new research into autism.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt today announced $473,475 in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC), to be led by OTARC Director Cheryl Dissanayake. Professor Dissanayake said the grant will support a new project looking into the impact of early diagnosis on cognitive, language and behavioural outcomes in children who are now school aged.

“At OTARC, we are committed to improving outcomes of individuals and families living with autism from early infancy through to adulthood and onwards,” Professor Dissanayake said.

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