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How can I apply to become an ATN site?

Autism Speaks' Autism Treatment Network (AS-ATN) is a collaboration of treatment and research centers dedicated to improving medical care for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). AS-ATN sites are selected through a competitive grant application process and currently are funded for up to three years.

For more information about becoming an ATN center, contact:

Angie Fedele 
AS-ATN Assistant Director
(609) 228-7347
Email: afedele@autismspeaks.org

ATN mission and strategic vision

The ATN is guided by a unique vision, mission and goals. You can read a short summary by clicking on the link below:

ATN Strategic Overview

ATN screenings, assessments and data:

ATN sites use a uniform set of assessments and screening tools. They are administered in accordance with a schedule for the collection of data at baseline and annual visits. Data from some families are stored in the ATN Registry and used to track treatment outcomes and to support internal and external research efforts.

Although many of the assessments are standardized copyrighted forms, the ATN has also developed a set of proprietary or “custom” forms used across our clinics.

Follow the link below for more detailed information.

AS-ATN Assessment Battery

AS-ATN Assessment Schedule

Opportunities and resources for researchers

ATN Patient Registry Database

The Autism Treatment Network supports a Patient Registry of families being seen at participating ATN centers. The ATN Patient Registry data is currently available only for members within the network, but we plan to make this resource more widely available in the future.

To request a copy of the ATN Custom forms for use in the clinic or research, please submit the following request form:

Custom Form Application

Clinical Research

To provide additional data to support the development of evaluation and treatment guidelines, ATN clinicians also conduct clinical research projects directly aimed at improving children's health and healthcare.

Researchers interested in collaborating with ATN members on topics relevant to the network are encouraged to contact our Research Manager.

One of the ATN's most significant endeavors is its participation in the Health Services and Resources Administration's (HRSA) Combating Autism Act Initiatives. The ATN will serve as the Autism Intervention Network for Physical Health (AIR-P) for this initiative.

Collaborative Research Opportunities

To follow on the previous successful AIR-P research RFA cycles, we are extremely pleased to announce plans for the release of our 6th AIR-P Network research RFA, ATN-AIR-14-06 "AIR-P Network: Secondary Data Analysis of the AS ATN Registry."    

This RFA provides another opportunity for existing AS ATN/AIR-P centers to conduct secondary data analyses utilizing existing AS ATN Registry data.  This mechanism offers subcontract-supported research under the planned HRSA AIR-P award, year 07.  The application guidance provides details regarding level of support and submission requirements.  The project must be designed as a 12-month proposal and the work must be completed by August 30, 2015. 

Schedule:

  • RFA Release Date: July 1, 2014
  • Submission Deadline: July 22, 2014
  • Review Period:  July / August    
  • Announcements by: August 25, 2014
  • Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2014
  • End date: August 31, 2015

The application guidance will be distributed across all AS ATN/AIR-P list serves and posted to the Network website (www.asatn.org) on July 1, 2014.  Please see the "CLINICIANS & RESEARCHERS" link in the left navigation bar, which will take you directly to RFA ATN-AIR-14-06 guidance and supporting documents/templates.  This webpage does not require user login or password.

A few key highlights for this AIR-P research RFA include collaborative opportunities for external consultants, emphasis on mentoring junior investigators, and developing research partnerships with the Family Advisory Committee. 

Click here to download the RFA Guidance.

Click here to download the RFA ATN AIR 14-06 Cover page

Click here to download the 14-06 Budget page

Click here to download the Biosketch Form

Click here to download the 14-06 Statement of Intent

 

We are also extremely pleased to announce the release of our 7th AIR-P Network research RFA, ATN-AIR-14-07 "AIR-P Network: Innovative Pilot Proposals."   This is a new and unique research RFA opportunity - separate from RFA ATN-AIR-14-06, which provides support for secondary data analyses of the Registry.

This new RFA provides Network investigators with an opportunity to seek support for pilot research in many critical areas of interest.   This mechanism offers subcontract-supported research under the planned HRSA AIR-P award, year 07.  As before, the focus will be on physical conditions affecting children with ASD.  The application guidance provides details regarding level of support and submission requirements.  The project should be designed as a 10-month study, and will also include an additional 2-month start-up period.  All studies will have an end date of August 31, 2015. 

Schedule:

  • Guidance Release/Posted Date: July 1, 2014
  • Application Submission Date: *** extended to August 22, 2014 ***
  • Review Period:  August/September 2014
  • Announcement Period:  August/September 2014
  • 2-Month Study Start-Up Period: September 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014
  • Earliest Anticipated Study Start Date: November 1, 2014
  • End Date: August 31, 2015

The application guidance will be distributed across all Network list serves and posted to these Network websites on July 1, 2014.

Network internal website:  www.asatn.org.  Please see the "CLINICIANS & RESEARCHERS" link in the left navigation bar, which will take you to ‘News & Announcements’. This page will provide a direct link for RFA ATN-AIR-14-07 guidance and supporting documents/templates.  This webpage does not require user login or password.

AIR-P website:  www.airpnetwork.org.  

Click here to download the RFA guidance

Click here to download the RFA ATN AIR 14-07 Cover page

Click here to download the 14-07 Budget page

Click here to download the Biosketch Form

Click here to download the 14-07 Statement of Intent

Please direct all questions to the appropriate individuals at the ATN AIR-P Clinical Coordinating Center:

* For RESEARCH questions, please contact Brian Winklosky, Research Program Manager, bwinklosky@partners.org

* For ADMINISTRATIVE questions, please contact Jessie Figueroa, Administrative Assistant, jfigueroa8@partners.org

For more information about collaborative research opportunities, contact:

Brian Winklosky, M.A.
ATN Clinical Research Manager
bwinklosky@partners.org