The latest research in autism: Why is autism like a broken mirror?

Eric Fombonne, M.D.


Director, Autism Research Center, OHSU Brain Institute; Professor, OHSU Department of Psychiatry, Portland, Oregon
OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Dr. Fombonne's  research focuses on epidemiological investigations of child psychiatric disorders and the risks associated with them, with a particular focus on the epidemiology of autism, evaluating environmental risk factors and immunological factors and genes in autism. He has also been involved in family and adoption studies of autism, molecular genetic studies of autism and depression and long-term outcome studies of child and adolescent depression.

Dr. Fombonne is a previous associate editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and has more than 130 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and 25 book chapters. He is a member of the scientific, advisory and membership committees of several professional organizations. He is a permanent member of a National Institute of Mental Health study section and was recently appointed to a special National Institutes of Health advisory board for autism research programs funded as part of the National Institutes of Health Collaborative Programs of Excellence in Autism (CPEA) and Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment (STAART) programs.