• Welcome to the MacART website!

    "MacART continues to play a leading role in bringing meaningful research to impact practice and policy. The Autism Alliance of Canada is delighted to be a collaborator and partner as we navigate the complexity of the push and pull of evidence into communities."
    Dr. Jonathan Lai // Director of Strategy and Operations // Autism Alliance of Canada


    MacART contributed to the 2020 Canadian Autism Leadership Summit.

    Read news article HERE.


  • Research informing public policy and programming

    "We are thrilled to work with the McMaster Autism Research Team, whose research helps to inform public policy and programs locally and provincially for the families of Autistic children and neurodevelopmental disorders."

    Marg Spoelstra // Executive Director // Autism Ontario

  • 2020 Pandemic Canadian Autism Needs Assessment

    MacART was proud to partner with Autism Speaks Canada and Autism Alliance of Canada to develop, implement, and analyze the Pandemic Canadian Autism Needs Assessment - a survey where respondents shared their experiences to help inform the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "Through this partnership’s work, we expect to be a catalyst for meaningful enhancements to policy and programs across Canada, to better the quality of life for Autistic Canadians and their families during a time of uncertainty."

    Jill Farber // Executive Director // Autism Speaks Canada


    The Report results are now available!

    See the report HERE.


  • Collaboration is key

    "Through our partnership with the McMaster Autism Research Team, we are able to collaborate on meaningful research that can be used to inform the day to day clinical practice that supports children, youth, and families."

    Dr. Bruce Squires // President // McMaster Children's Hospital

  • Opportunities to share knowledge

    "We have a real opportunity to translate challenges into research, and research into practice that will support Autistic children and their families."

    Rob MacIsaac // President & CEO // Hamilton Health Sciences

Autism Care

Autism Care



“Future research needs to focus not only on the biological markers of autism but also include data about functioning, participation, and environmental barriers and facilitators.”

Dr. Olaf Kraus de Camargo  //  Developmental Pediatrician


MacART is laying the foundation for creating a systematic way of linking scientific research on autism at McMaster University to clinical practice at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

The physical proximity of McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, and McMaster University has a number of characteristics that provides the rare opportunity for collaborative research. Taking advantage of existing university and clinical infrastructure and cross-appointments for clinicians at the university, autism experts from these organizations are coming together to integrate autism research into clinical practice.

The focus of MacART members’ research is in the areas of basic science, clinical practice, clinical research, epidemiology and statistical modelling, knowledge translation and exchange, and social science research. By promoting the collaboration of stakeholders across disciplines, MacART is reducing barriers to implementing research in clinical practice, with the goal of advancing autism care through meaningful research.

Learn more about our research HERE.


MacART members are now supervising more than 50 research trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, and are engaged in the mentoring of junior and intermediate faculty members.

In the future, we intend to establish research and clinical training programs for students in McMaster’s undergraduate medical, health sciences, and psychology programs, and for residents and fellows in Pediatrics and Psychiatry.

By training and mentoring emerging researchers and practitioners, we will help to solidify their understanding of and commitment to using basic science to inform their clinical practice, and to use their clinical experience to help formulate research questions. It is our belief that involving these learners in MacART educational activities will promote their use of practices that advance autism care through meaningful research.


“Our scientists are working collaboratively with local clinicians to generate the evidence needed to improve autism services. This symposium is a great example of McMaster’s community engagement efforts.”

Dr. Patrick Deane // President & Vice-Chancellor // McMaster University


The community engagement component of MacART strives to work with stakeholders and involve them as partners in every step of the research process.  By doing so, the questions that drive research begin to change. They become more meaningful because they address the real day-to-day challenges faced by children and their families, and the clinicians supporting them.

MacART aims to increase participation and involvement of members of the McMaster and Hamilton communities in the research process. With community members driving the research, new and relevant knowledge can be produced to bridge the research-to-practice gap in autism and advance autism care through meaningful research.


“People whose lives are connected to the challenge of autism can share knowledge – from clinicians to educators to parents – and what an amazing opportunity that is. We have a real opportunity to translate challenges into research, and research into practice that will help families living with autism.”

Rob MacIsaac  //  President & CEO // Hamilton Health Sciences


Policies should be created using the best available evidence that make positive impacts on the lives of Autistic individuals, along with their families.

MacART’s founder, Stelios Georgiades, serves on both federal and provincial advisory committees about autism supports/service funding. Along with the wide-ranging expertise of its many autism experts, MacART is set to act as a highly credible source of evidence-based information to influence and inform public policy about the provision and funding of autism diagnosis, services, and family supports.

MacART will continue to find ways to collaborate with policymakers to both learn more about the policymaking process, and to contribute our expertise and knowledge to inform policymaking, in order to advance autism care through meaningful research.

Recent News

PARC Speaker Series will Launch with Dr. Elizabeth Kelley's Zoom Talk on Early Interventions for Parents of Autistic Children

The PARC Study co-investigative team is pleased to announce that registrations are open for our first PARC Speaker Series virtual Zoom talk! It will be hosted by Dr. Elizabeth Kelley, a PARC co-investigator working with the Kingston, Ontario site. This talk is free and open to the public, meaning that anyone regardless of whether they are currently enrolled in the PARC Study will be able to attend and participate!

In this presentation, Dr. Kelley will discuss the various types of early intervention programs available and what they will look like for your child and your family. She will also discuss the pros and cons of these programs and some information to keep in mind when deciding what type of intervention you would like for your child.

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 26th, 2023 from 12pm - 1pm EST. Closed captioning will be available, and no sign-in is required.

Publication Highlight: A Scoping Review of Trajectory Research in Children with an Autism Diagnosis

Autism research has increasingly called researchers to employ longitudinal trajectory methods (i.e., collecting data at three or more timepoints) to understand different developmental pathways of Autistic people across the lifespan. This area of exploration has been a core focus for many among the MacART team.

Meet the Recipients of the 2023 MacART Trainee Awards!

At our recent Research Symposium, MacART Founder & Co-Director Dr. Stelios Georgiades announced the seven recipients of the 2023 MacART Trainee Awards.

The MacART Trainee Awards are meant to help trainees working in research in autism and/or other neurodevelopmental conditions, by supporting travel to events that would enhance their research training experience or by providing material supports such as software licenses, journal fees, other supplies, etc.

"The next generation will learn and do better. You may think that you are learning from us, but we are learning from you." - Dr. Stelios Georgiades at the MacART Research Symposium.


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