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Autism Research

The Value of Autism Research

Research into autism – its characteristics, causes and treatments – provides new insights and helps improve therapies. One day it could help us explain why autism occurs.

Here in Victoria, autism research is being undertaken by students and clinicians at many universities and research institutions: projects focus a whole range of things: medical issues, education, causes, interventions, and more. Projects may be large-scale, for example seeking to establish a cause, locate a gene, or trial a specific treatment; or they may be smaller-scale studies examining local issues; or they may fall somewhere between these two extremes.

One aspect of Honours and post-graduate research is the important role it plays in developing the next generation of professionals. As more students become interested in the autism spectrum, they carry this interest and expertise into their working life as they become practitioners.


Research in Victoria

Amaze supports the research being conducted into autism, especially here in Victoria.

One organisation that focuses a lot of attention on autism research is the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) at La Trobe University (formerly the Research Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorders), headed by Professor Cheryl Dissanayake.

Most universities are carrying out research into autism: please contact them direct for more information on the courses they offer.


The Australasian Society for Autism Research was founded in 2011 as a member based organisation devoted to advancing knowledge about Autism Spectrum Disorders through research and scholarship.

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The Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Living with Autism

In February 2013, the Federal Government announced $31 million in funding to establish the new ‘Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders’.

The new CRC, based in Queensland, represents 12 core partners and more than 40 participants, including universities, not-for-profit as well as commercial autism service providers and government departments.

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Become a Research Participant Today!

Amaze maintains a Research Participant Database, and assists researchers to find people who may like to participate in their research. You can join our database to be notified of projects that might be of interest to you. Your participation is completely voluntary, you only contact the researcher if you are interested in that particular study, and you are able to remove yourself from the database at any time.


Autism Research Projects – Currently Looking for Research Participants

View ASD Research Projects Currently Looking for Participants

If you have any questions about Research Projects, call us on (03) 9657 1600 or send us an email.


Researchers: List Your Research Project Here

**Amaze is currently reviewing the way we promote autism research to the community. As such will not be promoting new projects until this review is complete on 30 June 2019**