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AIR-P Oversight and Partnerships

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) is a collaborative among the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN), the ATN Clinical Coordinating Center at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

ATN’s Role in AIR-P

In 2008 the ATN received a grant to operate as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). The grant was made available through the Combating Autism Act, which allocated substantial funding to the Health Resources and Services Agency (HRSA) for a variety of initiatives to increase the availability of resources targeted to autism spectrum disorders.

The AIR-P is made possible through the Autism CARES Act of 2014.and  by cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Research Program to improve medical care for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. 

This initiative to oversee the AIR-P has bolstered our efforts in the areas of research, guideline development, training, and information distribution.

AIR-P Research Open RFA

ATN-AIR-16-09: AIR-P Network: Pilot to Proposal


  • Guidance Release/Posted Date:               January 15, 2016
  • LOI Deadline                                                 January 29, 2016
  • Application Submission Date:                    February 29, 2016
  • Review Period:                                             March 2016
  • Announcement period:                               April/May 2016*

        *The peer review process may require proposal revisions and additional SRC review before final funding decisions can be made.

RFA ATN-AIR-16-09 Guidance

RFA ATN-AIR-16-09 Cover Page

RFA ATN-AIR-16-09 Budget Page

RFA ATN-AIR-16-09 Entire Budget Period

RFA ATN-AIR-16-09 Biosketch

RFA ATN-AIR-16-09 SOI template

A key highlight for this AIR-P research RFA includes a focus on children from underserved populations (i.e., racial and ethnic minorities, low socioeconomic status (SES), rural areas).


ATN Operations Team

Autism Speaks ATN Leadership

Donna Murray, PhD Vice President, Head of Clinical Programs, ATN
Angie Fedele, Director of Operations - Clinical Programs, ATN
Naomi Jackenthal, Project Manager, ATN

ATN Clinical Coordinating Center/AIR-P Staff
Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)

Dan Coury, M.D., Clinical Coordinating Center Co-Director/ ATN Medical Director
Karen Kuhlthau, PhD, Clinical Coordinating Center Co-Director
Brian Winklosky, M.A., Clinical Research Program Manager
Audrey Wolfe,MPH  Clinical Research Coordinator
Justin Farmer, Administrative Assistant of the Clinical Coordinating Center

ATN Data Coordinating Center (Boston, MA) 
Massachusetts General Hospital Biostatistics Center
Dianne Finkelstein – Director
Eric Macklin - Biostatistician
Mariah Marilyn Barstow - Clinical Project Manager
Amy Shui - Biostatistician
Richard Morse - Systems Administrator
Anthony DeBenedictis - Software Developer/Website Management