I am driven to detect autism earlier and give kids a better chance to succeed

A child’s first years are a time of rapid development and dynamic change—and of vulnerability. Detecting autism earlier could alter the course of a child’s life for the better.

Jed Elison is applying breakthroughs in neuroscience to understand this complex development. Through a combination of behavioral observations and biomarkers, Elison and colleagues are reducing the age of first diagnosis.

Diagnosing autism earlier

Jed Elison
“The core idea is moving toward this ideal of being able to identify kids who are at the highest risk for developing autism, and trying to do something about it before they're actually showing these behavioral manifestations.” Jed Elison, Assistant Professor Click to tweet

Tracking a child’s gaze to detect autism earlier

Elison’s lab uses a sophisticated, non-invasive eye tracking method to detect visual orientation cues that provide evidence of increased risk for a child later developing autism. Brain scans provide further insights.

“We can acquire new skills. We can improve our health. We can change.” Jed Elison, Assistant Professor Click to tweet