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.

What is MacART?

What is MacART? We are the McMaster Autism Research Team, a group of researchers, clinicians, clinician-scientists, and other experts designed to foster collaboration among the families, researchers, clinicians, educators, and policymakers whose lives and work are touched by Autism. Watch this video to learn more about what we do.

High School Health Research Bursary Award Student - 2019

The McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART) has had wonderful experiences with the Hamilton Health Sciences High School Research Bursary Program, where youth join a research team during the summer and have the opportunity to take part in research activities. Our participants for the past 5 years all made wonderful additions to our team, and this year’s student was no exception.

The Job-Train Program - Life with Autism

Life with Autism

This summer, MacART and the Offord Centre for Child Studies are pleased to host local high school students as part of the Job-Train Program - a program in collaboration with Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, and McMaster University.  The program aims to give students on the autism spectrum job experience and job skills, as well as to educate neurotypical employers. 

Culture Counts Conference - Dr. Stelios Georgiades

Culture Counts Conference - Dr. Stelios Georgiades

MacART Co-Director Dr. Stelios Georgiades presented at the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre's 'Culture Counts' conference on Friday March 2nd, 2018.  This inaugural conference engaged with the timely issue of autism and demonstrate how to provide effective ASD support to a rapidly changing population.

MacART 2017 Symposium Video

MacART 2017 Symposium - Rethinking Autism Training

On September 15th 2017, MacART held its second Autism Research Stakeholder Symposium.  The theme of this year’s symposium was “Rethinking Autism Training”. There was strong support from the ASD community as 250 participants (representing the full spectrum of stakeholders - families, self-advocates, educators, clinicians, researchers, policy makers, students, and trainees) came together to help identify stakeholder priorities related to autism training.

MacART Symposium 2017 - Curriculum of Caring - Dr. Kerry Boyd

Curriculum of Caring - Dr. Kerry Boyd

MacART held its 2nd annual symposium on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at McMaster Innovation Park. This year’s symposium theme was “Rethinking Autism Training” and one of our presenters was Dr. Kerry Boyd, a psychiatrist currently working at McMaster Children's Hospital and Bethesda Services.


MacART Symposium 2017 - Perspectives on Training: Application to Autism Care and Research - Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum

Perspectives on Training: Application to Autism Care and Research - Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum

MacART held its 2nd annual symposium on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at McMaster Innovation Park. This year’s symposium theme was “Rethinking Autism Training” and our keynote speaker was Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Co-Director of the Autism Research Centre in Edmonton, Alberta and leader of the national Autism Research Training Program.