What types of research are done at the Wendy Klag Center?
The Wendy Klag Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities promotes research into the origins, detection, measurement and prevention of conditions that affect behavioral, socioemotional and/or cognitive development, and evaluation of services and policies that support optimal development of affected children and their families.
The center works with researchers within the Johns Hopkins community and elsewhere within the state, such as the REACH team at Kennedy Krieger Institute. We also collaborate with researchers throughout the United States and even in other nations. Our studies are generally federally funded, but may also receive support from organizations such as Autism Speaks.
Some of the areas of exploration are:
- Prenatal and obstetric factors
- Candidate genes
- Epigenetic factors
- Comorbid disease/concurrent symptoms
- Screening and early detection
- Service delivery patterns
- Surveillance and prevalence
- Teenage outcomes
A few of the Wendy Klag Center data analysts and trainees include Irena Gorski-Steiner (from left), Luke Grosvenor, Ellen Howerton, Johnathan He, Xueqi Qu, and Ashley Song.