Our work with the Lurie Center for autism



The Lurie Center for Autism at MGH is a multidisciplinary clinical care program that treats individuals across the lifespan with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Lurie Center evaluates and provides ongoing clinical treatment and services to thousands of individuals each year, making it one of the largest clinical centers of its kind. In addition, it is unique in that it approaches ASD and other developmental disorders from a multidisciplinary perspective, including psychiatry, genetics, gastroenterology, neurology, and behavioral therapy, all under one roof, and conducts clinical research in each of these areas. Dr. Bilbo was recruited to the MGH in 2016 to become the first Director of Research for the center, a pursuit that is initially focused on the identification of a neuroimmune or neuroinflammatory based subtype of ASD.  Though Dr. Bilbo will return to Duke in 2019, we will continue our work with the Lurie Center, and all postdocs and other trainees that join the Bilbo lab have the extraordinarily unique opportunity to be involved in both basic/fundamental and in clinical research.  For instance, all fellows can shadow clinicians and engage with patients and their families, to be involved in advocacy and in philanthropic outreach efforts, and most importantly to help design and conduct clinical research; e.g. in the collection of blood monocytes for genetic and mechanistic analyses.