Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum
Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum is the Director of the Autism Research Centre
Dr. Zwaigenbaums' research focuses on early development in autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. With the goals of identifying early behavioural and neurobiological markers of autism, his research group is following a high-risk cohort; namely, infant siblings of children with autism. This is helping the group identify specific risk markers to aid in earlier diagnosis and study basic processes (e.g., attention, emotion, executive control) that may underlie later symptoms.
Other research includes genetic studies of autism using molecular and genomic strategies, a national longitudinal study of developmental trajectories and outcomes in newly diagnosed preschool children with autism, and a qualitative study of the values, priorities and worldviews of families of children with autism. Other areas of interest include screening/early diagnosis, intervention studies, and epidemiology of autism.
Click here to watch a video of Dr. Zwaigenbaum speak about Autism Spectrum Disorder (note: link takes you to youtube).
Click here to see a list of Dr. Zwaigenbaum's publications on Pubmed.