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Mayada Elsabbagh, PhD

Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Regular Member
Mental Illness and Addiction
Neurosciences


McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

Medical Scientist, Montreal Children's Hospital


McGill University

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry


Research Interest


My research focuses on understanding the root causes of autism and tracing its developmental pathways across the lifespan. Our approach integrates innovative scientific research with the mission of accelerating the translation of discoveries into evidence-based and family-centered care in diverse world communities. Through a rich portfolio of community, national, and international activities and partnerships, our vision is to bridge what is currently a very wide gap between research advances and the pressing needs encountered by families and the systems supporting them. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in around one per cent of the population. There are currently no reliable predictors of autism in infancy, but characteristic behaviours emerge during the second year, enabling diagnosis after this age.

Research Foci


  • autism
  • developmental disorders
  • EEG
  • eye tracking
  • knowledge translation

Keywords


autism, developmental disorders

Selected Publications


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  • Elsabbagh M, Mercure E, Hudry K, Chandler S, Pasco G, Charman T, Pickles A, Baron-Cohen S, Bolton P, Johnson MH; BASIS Team. Infant neural sensitivity to dynamic eye gaze is associated with later emerging autism. Curr Biol. 2012 Feb 21;22(4):338-42.

  • Walsh P, Elsabbagh M, Bolton P, Singh I. In search of biomarkers for autism: scientific, social and ethical challenges. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2011 Sep 20;12(10):603-12.

  • Elsabbagh M, Bedford R, Senju A, Charman T, Pickles A, Johnson MH; The BASIS Team. What you see is what you get: contextual modulation of face scanning in typical and atypical development. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2013 Apr 17. [Epub ahead of print].

  • Elsabbagh, M. The emerging autistic brain: Processes of risk and resilience, Neuropsychiatry, 2012 Jun; 2(3): 181-183

  • Elsabbagh M, Divan G, Koh YJ, Kim YS, Kauchali S, Marcín C, Montiel-Nava C, Patel V, Paula CS, Wang C, Yasamy MT, Fombonne E. Global prevalence of autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. Autism Res. 2012 Jun;5(3):160-79.