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Autism Speaks launches research partnerships with Albania and Ireland
Date:4/1/2009

ghted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Autism Speaks on this project," said Kevin Whelan, CEO Irish Autism Action. "We see this as a defining moment in implementing policy in Ireland in relation to autism services."

Autism Speaks continues the existing international collaboration between both Qatar and the Pan American Autism Awareness and Training Initiative (PAAATI). PAATI, which preceded the formation of GAPH, involves collaboration between Autism Speaks, the National Institutes of Child Health Development (NICHD), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the CARSO Health Institute, Clinica Mexicana de Autismo (CLIMA), and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Autism Speaks and the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs in Doha, Qatar continue their partnership designed to increase global autism awareness and help the Shafallah Center to become an international leader in autism genetics research and service delivery.

For the first time in 2008, Autism Speaks launched funding mechanisms designed exclusively to support international epidemiology research, and committed $1.5 million to a number of new multi-year projects. In addition to ongoing projects in Bangladesh, India, South Korea, and Taiwan, Autism Speaks' international epidemiology portfolio now also includes the first-ever autism prevalence study in South Africa as well as studies in New Delhi and Goa, India. In South Africa, investigators will not only explore the prevalence of autism but also lay the groundwork to investigate the hypothesized relationship between autism and HIV infection. Lay abstracts of the most recent Autism Speaks International Epidemiological Portfolio follows this release.

Before studies can be conducted around the world, the assessment tools used to diagnose individuals must be translated to ensure cultural sensitivity. As such, Autism Speaks is currently supporting screening and diagnostic instrument translations in
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