ATN Information for Physicians and Researchers

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.

The last 3-year cycle began in January 2011. Hospitals and academic medical centers interested in participating in a multi-site clinical care and research network with the demonstrated capacity to assemble a multidisciplinary care and research team have submitted letters of intent. Selected sites have been invited to complete the full application. Download the Full Application RFA HERE.  See also the Autism Speaks Grants Program Page.

There was an AS-ATN Q&A Webinar with Dr. Clara Lajonchere on May 13th. See slides HERE.

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

We are pleased to release the 5th AIR-P Network research RFA, ATN-AIR-13-05, "AIR-P Network: Secondary Data Analysis of the AS ATN Registry".   This RFA will provide an 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 existing HRSA AIR-P award.  The application guidance will provide details regarding level of support.  The project must be designed as a 12-month proposal and the work must be completed before August 30.

The upcoming March 26 Works-in-Progress webinar will provide an important overview of this RFA.  Please join us for highlights of the current ATN Registry, RFA guidance Q&A, and a review of the support provided by the MGH Biostatistics team. 

Register for the WiP here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/750739006

Please note: Only current ATN centers participating in the AIR-P can apply for funding. Individuals from non‐ATN centers are eligible to collaborate with an existing ATN PI/site. The proposal must be organized, managed and submitted directly through an existing ATN PI/site.

The proposal submission deadline is Monday, May 3, 2013.

Click here to download the RFA

Click here to download the RFA ATN AIR 13-05 Cover page

Click here to download the 13-05 Budget, form page 4 Yr01A

Click here to download the 13-05 Budget, form page 4 Yr01B

Click here to download the Biosketch Form

Click here to download the 13-05 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