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Global research on Autism and other Developmental disorders (GLAD) Lab

The GLAD lab conducts research on autism and other developmental disorders across the globe. Our research focuses on the identification and assessment of autism, including the development, adaptation and validation of tools to better characterise the heterogeneity of autism. We also try to further the understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism’s heterogeneity, including genetic, sociocultural and gender explanations. Lastly, our research considers interventions to improve the identification of and support for children with developmental disorders in low-resource settings. We work with the World Health Organization to adapt and evaluate their Caregiver Skills Training programme for families with children with developmental disorders in urban and rural Ethiopia.  

Glad Lab Fieldwork Team in Ethiopia

Our research is supported by grants from the Medical Research Council (UK), Wellcome Trust, NIHR, DfID, Autism Speaks and the Alan B. Slifka foundation. We collaborate with colleagues at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), the University of Kwazulu Natal (South Africa/Zimbabwe), KEMRI and Aga Khan University (Kenya), University of Technology Sydney (Australia), the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and the World Health Organization.  

Researcher (Beth) Leading a Stakeholder Workshop

Our partners

National Institute for Health Research

Medical Research Council

Wellcome Trust

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Autism Speaks


The Alan B. Slifka Foundation

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Head of Research Lab 

Dr Rosa Hoekstra - Senior Lecturer