Clusters are geographic or cultural areas of higher Autism rates.
Prof. Jeremy Nicholson
Chair In Biological Chemistry, Head of Department, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College, London UK
Prof. Nicholson is a multi-award winning biochemist, who was one of the first to embrace the importance of metabolic profiling. Prof. Nicholson’s research involves understanding the role of microbes in regulating human metabolic pathways and how the microbes are involved in drug metabolism toxicity as well as variations in therapeutic responses. A major challenge in Professor Nicholson’s work is being able to characterize and classify hundreds of thousands of molecules produced by the metabolic system.
Dr. Derrick MacFabe
Departments of Psychology (Neuroscience) & Psychiatry (Division of Developmental Disabilities), Director and Principal Investigator of the Kilee-Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
Dr. MacFabe has a particular interest in the role of pre and post natal infectious processes in the etiology and behaviours of autism spectrum disorders. As a principal investigator at the Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group he is actively contributing to the development of novel animal models as well as the role of genetics, biochemistry and environment on the identification and possible treatments of autism spectrum disorders. In 2007, work on autism by his research group was listed among the top 50 scientific discoveries in Canada by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).