Center Leadership

Prof. Abraham Fainsod

Prof. Abraham Fainsod

Chair Academic Advisory Committee of The Autism Center
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Developmental Biology and Cancer Research

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Professor Fainsod is a professor of biochemistry and the Wolfson Family Chair in Genetics at the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University where he also serves as Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs. The primary focus of Dr. Fainsod’s research has been the genetic regulation of embryonic development in vertebrates. Presently, Professor Fainsod’s group is studying the molecular link between fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and autism spectrum disorder.

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Prof. Asher Ornoy

Prof. Asher Ornoy

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Neurobiology

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Professor Ornoy is professor emeritus of anatomy, embryology & teratology at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School. In addition to having served in numerous positions within the medical school, Professor Ornoy served in the Israeli Ministry of Health as the head of the Department of Child Development and Rehabilitation (1996-2013) and of the Division of Rehabilitation (2013-2014). Professor Ornoy was recognized by the Israeli Society for Child Development and Rehabilitation for extraordinary and lifetime contribution to the field of child development in Israel. 

Professor Ornoy is professor emeritus of anatomy, embryology & teratology at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School. In addition to having served in numerous positions within the medical school, Professor Ornoy served in the Israeli Ministry of Health as the head of the Department of Child Development and Rehabilitation (1996-2013) and of the Division of Rehabilitation (2013-2014). Professor Ornoy was recognized by the Israeli Society for Child Development and Rehabilitation for extraordinary and lifetime contribution to the field of child development in Israel. 

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Prof. Cory Shulman

Prof. Cory Shulman

Director of the Autism Center
Head of The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health program
School of Social Work

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Professor Shulman is a professor in the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, where she heads the specialization in infant and early childhood mental health. Professor Shulman has over thirty years of experience working with individuals and families with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her current research focuses on longitudinal studies of children with a suspicion of autism, specifically on developmental trajectories. Professor Shulman has helped establish numerous programs for students with ASD in mainstream classrooms, has consulted throughout the country for the Ministry of Education and has led special diagnostic teams for ASD in the country's HMOs. 

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