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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.

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Help make a difference in the lives of those affected by autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. Make your gift today to the Carolina Autism and Neurodevelopment Center Fund. Your donation will support students, alumni programming, faculty initiatives and other needs – enabling our mission to empower those with autism to live their best lives. 

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Kristy Welshhans, PhD, Biological Sciences | CAN Executive Committee Member

Dr. Welshhans’ research focuses on molecular mechanisms in the brain that regulate the formation of nervous system connectivity during development. Using both mouse and human cellular models, her lab aims to identify how changes in these mechanisms may contribute to Down syndrome and the intellectual disability phenotype.

Read more about Dr. Kristy Welshhans' work

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