In 2009, Rhode Island’s front-line researchers formed the Rhode Island
Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) to explore how
physicians, scientists, service providers, educators and parents could
collaborate on a broad range of research projects - ranging from animal
to human, genetic to cellular, clinical imaging to treatment outcomes,
and family and education-related research.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one
in 88 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism; more than
one million children in the U.S. are directly affected by autism.
Because of its prevalence and impact on society, autism spectrum
disorders (ASDs) require intensive and integrated scientific research.
For more information about RI-CART or to get involved, please contact the research assistant,
Alan Gerber at 401-432-1200 or email:
RI-CART has evolved into a unique, public-private partnership that
includes the state’s leading experts on autism research education,
health and advocacy.
RI-CART members share a strong belief: the best way to create healthier,
happier lives for individuals with ASDs is to expand our knowledge.
RI-CART meets its mission through widespread, rigorous testing;
collaborative, creative research; and inclusive, data-driven education
This belief in the power of knowledge and the importance of partnerships
drives RI-CART’s long-term goal of enrolling all Rhode Islanders with an
ASD into a web-based registry by 2020.