Programs and Projects
Autism Treatment Network
In collaboration with The Children’s Hospital, JFK Partners is a participant in the cooperative multi-center program for comprehensive care clinics, serving persons with autism. These two institutions provide excellent clinical services, in autism and in medical specialties relevant to the health and well-being of persons with this complex neurobiological disorder.
Faculty with expertise in autism, across a variety of disciplines (e.g., pediatrics, psychology, psychiatry), will adopt the common evaluation battery, assess a minimum of 100 persons with autism per year, share data through the ISAAC system, and participate actively in the collaborative network.
With the support of the parent community in the Rocky Mountain region, the university, the hospital, and the infrastructure and collaborative opportunities provided by the Autism Treatment Network, we hope to improve the quality of medical care for persons with autism in our community.
It is the aim of the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) to improve the medical care of children and adolescents with autism through the development of guidelines for the assessment and treatment of autism and associated disorders.
For more information, please visit the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network website.
Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health: Targeting Medical Conditions in Children and Young People with Autism (AIR-P)
In September of 2008 the ATN received a grant of $12 million over three years to serve as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). The network grant was part of four initiatives developed by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Combating Autism Act.
Under the grant the ATN, as an AIR-P Network, will develop and conduct research projects aimed at having a direct and positive impact on the physical health and well being of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. This grant provides significant financial support to supplement efforts the ATN had already begun in developing evidence-based guidelines and tools for the diagnosis and treatment of autism and associated conditions including sleep, gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances and neurological disorders.
Colorado's site is currently involved in the following research projects:
For more information, please visit the Autism Speaks AIR-P website.
These projects are funded through grants from Autism Speaks and through a subcontract from Massachusetts General Hospital from funding from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA).
Harriet Austin, Ph.D.
Clinic Coordinator, Autism Treatment Network
The Child Development Unit, The Children's Hospital
13123 East 16th Avenue, B-140
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Ann Reynolds, MD, Principal Investigator
Harriet Austin, PhD, Clinic Coordinator
Tim Benke, MD, PhD
Carol Beresford, MD
Sandra Friedman, MD
Norman Friedman, MD
Glenn Furuta, MD
Ann Halbower, MD
Susan Hepburn, PhD
Susan Johnson, PhD
Terry Katz, PhD
Nancy Krebs, MD
Judy Reaven, PhD
Anne Tsai, MD