The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) will create a new centre for autism research thanks to a $16 million donation from the Azrieli Foundation.
The MNI will be the first institute of its kind in Canada to develop an intensive program for autism that looks into the full spectrum of research with drug discovery and the training of autism specialists.
The donation was announced yesterday at an event attended by members of the Azrieli family, directors of the Azrieli Foundation board, Dr. Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services, as well as senior leaders from McGill and the MNI.
The centre will be known as the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research and will serve as a place for much-needed autism research including genetics and brain imaging.
The research will allow researchers to identify autism in patients at a younger age, allowing for greater chances of intervention.
“Complex neurological conditions require a multifaceted approach, one that integrates research and clinical care. This is what we have done at The Neuro for more than 80 years,” said Dr. Guy Rouleau, said the director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, in a statement.
“With this visionary gift from the Azrieli Foundation, we can launch this trailblazing initiative and transform ASD research and treatment.”