Autism Research Trio (ART) in Taiwan ()

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a highly prevalent and complex brain disorder characterized by dysfunctional social interactions, communication difficulties, and repetitive patterns of behaviors/interests. Over the past decade, the prevalence rate of ASD has increased; currently, ASD affects 1 in 45 children and adolescents in the US, and 1 in 100 children in Taiwan. The exact causal mechanism for ASD remains unclear; therefore, there is no effective treatment for ASD. To answer this important question, we teamed up with a psychiatrist (Dr. Susan Shur-Fen Gau), a hiPSC expert (Dr. Dr. Hsiang-Po Huang), experts in human genome (Drs. Shih-Feng Tsai and Shu-Jui Hsu), and a neuroscientist (Dr. Hsien-Sung Huang). Our goal is not only to decode ASD but also to train the best scientists of their generation.