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Charity sets up national autism research network

Autistica, a charity that funds and campaigns for autism research, has launched a national network that it hopes will encourage studies in the field and act as a catalyst for increased support from major funders.

Modelled on existing partnerships in other areas of medical research, such as the National Cancer Research Institute, the Discover network aims to “radically improve scientific understanding of challenges in autism”. These include language and communication, mental and physical health and epilepsy, the charity said in an announcement on 13 September.

It aims to recruit 20,000 autistic people and family members to the network, hoping that many will take part in future studies.

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