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In addition to basic research, the Araya lab at the Ste Justine Children's Hospital Research Centre is actively studying a model of Fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental delays, learning disabilities and cognitive impairments and is the most common known cause of Autism.


In 2021 the Araya lab added a Shank3 mutation model of autism spectrum disorders

to its research projects.

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Funding was initially provided by SRCF and now by a CIHR grant.

Dr Diana Mitchell

Postdoctoral Researcher
at the ARAYAlab

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News June 2021

Awarded a Fellowship at the Quebec Autism Research Training (QART) Program

"QART seeks to build a collaborative learning community with fellows at the center. Successful trainees will contribute to building an inclusive learning environment that promotes dialogue, critical thinking, and exchange with cross-sector stakeholders including other researchers, professionals, decision-makers, and the autism community"

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On April 2021 we had the pleasure of welcoming

Dr Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD-PhD, principal investigator and professor at. the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, who gave a groundbreaking talk showing advances in the understanding of Fragile-X Syndrome and new therapeutic avenues.

Stay tuned for Future collaborations among our labs