The Thompson Foundation supports innovative and life changing research taking place at the Thompson Center every day.

At the Thompson Center, interdisciplinary research teams including physicians, psychologists, research scientists, educators, communication experts, occupational therapists, nurses and other health professionals seek discoveries that will lead to early identification, treatment and improved outcomes of autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Learn more about the studies that improve the science behind the treatment and diagnosis of autism.

Our Partners

The Thompson Center is a partner in three major national research networks:

Thompson Center researchers are currently involved in more than 20 field-advancing areas of study. These projects include:


SPARK is an online research partnership seeking to improve the lives of people with autism through research.

The Thompson Center is one of a network of autism centers and research institutions that SPARK has partnered with across the country. The goal of SPARK is to accelerate autism research in order to gain a better understanding of causes and treatments for autism. SPARK aims to be the largest study of its kind with the goal of building a community of 50,000 individuals with autism and their families across the nation.

Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials

Currently, Thompson Center researchers are conducing three ongoing clinical trials on pharmaceuticals that could potentially help reduce the severity of social communication symptoms in children with autism.

Learn more about our researchers! The Thompson Center hosts many of the nations’ leading autism experts and researchers. Learn more about what drives some of these amazing people.

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