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Carolina Autism and Neurodevelopment (CAN) Research Center

Headed by Jane Roberts (Department of Psychology) and Jeff Twiss (Department of Biological Sciences), this initiative aims to build a multi-disciplinary, collaborative center for basic, clinical, and intervention research and education in autism and neurodevelopmental disorders at the University of South Carolina.

Recent News and Events 

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January 2023 Newsletter released

January 1, 2023 | Read about this Spring's CAN events, a research spotlight on faculty member Dr. Sarah Edmunds, opportunities to get involved in CAN, and more!

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December 2022 Newsletter released

December 1, 2022 |  Read about CAN member's recent publications, research spotlight on Dr. Neset Hikmet, learn about active research opportunities, and recent community events! 

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November 2022 Newsletter released

November 1, 2022 |  Read about an upcoming CAN Research Speed Dating event, grant opportunities and resources, research spotlight of Dr. Christian O'Reilly, community engagement, and ways to become more involved in CAN! 

The riddle of autism

Read about the development, creation, and exciting developments in the CAN Research Center! 

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October 2022 Newsletter released

October 6, 2022 |  Read about Down Syndrome awareness month, a Research Roundup that includes highlights from Dr. Diana Robins seminar and visit, recent accomplishments from CAN members, and hear about some upcoming events! 

New grant alert

The Dean's Office awarded Dr. Jessica Bradshaw, Elizabeth Dixon, and CAN Research Center a Co-Curricular Programming Grant to be included in the Spring 2023 Play Theme Semester. Thanks to our grant, CAN is excited to announce Autism's Got Talent, a virtual talent show for individuals with autism.  More details to come soon! 

New book alert

Congratulations to Dr. Katie Wolfe and Dr. Erik Drasgow from the College of Education and Dr. Laura C. Chezan from Old Dominion University whose co-Edited book "Evidence-Based Practices for Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder” was just published by Rowman & Littlefeild. 

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September 2022 Newsletter released

September 1, 2022 |  Read about our upcoming visiting research scientist (Dr. Diana Robins visit on 9/19), hear about our fall retreat highlights, learn about opportunities for joining a CAN Research Center working group and special events for trainees.

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CAN Research Center Fall retreat kicks off new school year

August 8, 2022 | Members of CAN Research Center met to discuss strategic goals and make plans for CAN research Center. They were joined by several guests across the university, including Dean Joel Samuels (Arts & Sciences), Vice President for Research Dr. Julius Fridriksson, and Whitney Evans (Director of Development ).  

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