NJACE Announces New Leadership

October 11, 2023

Welcomes community connections

On July 1st, 2023, Children’s Specialized Hospital was awarded funding from the Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism within the Department of Health for the next New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence (NJACE), with Dr. Wayne Fisher, the director of the Rutgers Center for Autism Research, Education, and Services (RUCARES) at the Rutgers Brain Health Institute serving as the principal investigator. The NJACE involves a collaboration between Children’s Specialized Hospital, RUCARES, and Autism New Jersey.

Under Dr. Fisher’s leadership, the NJACE will be empowering lives through collaborative research and community connections.

The 5-year award aims to:

  • support basic, applied, and science-to-practice research into the causes, diagnosis, early detection, prevention, control, and treatment of autism
  • promote communication and collaboration between New Jersey autism researchers;
  • facilitate specialized, science-to-practice training in autism diagnosis and management;
  • disseminate critical information and provide continuing education on the latest advances in autism research; and
  • develop a statewide ASD research database to facilitate communication between New Jersey researchers and individuals with autism and their families.

In targeting these specific aims, the NJACE will be awarding competitive seed grants to teams of New Jersey investigators to support the development of competitive federal research or training grants.

If you are interested in learning more about the activities of the NJACE or joining their mailing list, please reach out to Halle Norris, NJACE program manager, at Hnorris@childrens-specialized.org or scan the QR code.