Centre for Atypical Neurodevelopment

Centre for Atypical Neurodevelopment

Centre for Atypical Neurodevelopment

Improving the lives of children and adults with neurodevelopmental conditions

The Centre for Atypical Neurodevelopment (CAN) is a Faculty of Human Sciences Research Centre at Macquarie University. The Centre provides a focus for integrative research involving children and adults who, for various reasons, experience atypical cognitive and brain development.

The Centre brings together researchers with expertise in specific diagnostic conditions; in particular domains of cognition, sensation, linguistics, social and academic functioning and physical and emotional health and in relevant methodologies including behavioural testing, clinical assessments, neuroimaging and genetics.

Neurodevelopmental conditions

CAN research focuses on complex neurodevelopmental conditions that affect multiple aspects of development. This encompasses conditions with a known genetic basis (e.g., Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, Fragile X syndrome), conditions with a known or suspected environmental cause (e.g., Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), as well as conditions like autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that are defined by their behavioural features.

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