Who We Are

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P) is a collaborative among the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS ATN), the AS ATN Clinical Coordinating Center at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ). The AIR-P is made possible through the Combating Autism Act of 2006 to improve medical care for children and adolescents with autism.

Federal Partner and Funder

Health Resources and Services Administration

The AIR-P is made possible through funding from the Combating Autism Act (CAA) and by cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Research Program. To learn more about the CAA and this competitive grant process, please visitwww.mchb.hrsa.gov.

Program Overview

On a day-to-day basis, the work of the AIR-P is carried out by 14 of the Autism Speaks ATN centers, under the general guidance, leadership and direction of thePrincipal Investigator, James Perrin, MD at MGHfC in collaboration with organizational partners to:

  • Conduct research on evidence-based practices for interventions to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities;
  • Develop and/or update evidence-based guidelines and validate tools for interventions to improve the health care of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities;
  • Disseminate critical information on its research findings, guidelines developed, and validated tools to health professionals and the public, especially families impacted by ASD and other developmental disabilities;
  • Develop and mentor new investigators in the field of ASD and other developmental disabilities; and
  • Foster the transfer of network findings on interventions, guidelines, tools, and systems management approaches into practice settings and communities to promote the implementation of evidence-based practices that will result in improved care.

Organizational Partners

  • The Clinical Coordinating Center at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGHfC)
  • Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network
  • National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality

Meet our AIR-P Leaders

The Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC) at MassGeneral General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) 

The Principal Investigator for the AIR-P is James M. Perrin, MD. He is the Director of the ATN CCC at MGHfC. He is President-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the MGH Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy.

Daniel L. Coury, MD, serves as the ATN’s Medical Director. Dr. Coury is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Ohio. He helps set the vision for the ATN, leads guideline development and implementation of the network’s quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

James M. Perrin, MD         Daniel L. Coury, MD           Kirsten Klatka, MSW            Brian Winklosky

Principal Investigator        Medical Director             Clinical Program Manager    Clinical Research Program Manager

  • Alix Nozzolillo, MS - Program Manager (not pictured)

The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (AS ATN)

The AS ATN is a ground-breaking network of hospitals, physicians, researchers, and families at the AIR-P centers across the United States and Canada working together to develop the most effective approach to medical care for children and adolescents affected by autism. The AS ATN seeks to develop and promote consistent, high-quality medical care by teams of healthcare professionals who understand autism spectrum disorders.  Teams excel at treating the various medical conditions, such as sleep disturbances and gastrointestinal complaints that often accompany an autism spectrum disorder. The network and collaborative structure of the AS ATN serves as the AIR-P. To contact the AS ATN, please email us at atn@autismspeaks.org.

Clara Lajonchere, PhD      Donna Murray, PhD

Vice President of                AS ATN Senior Director

Clinical Programs

  • Angie Fedele - AS ATN and Clinical Projects Assistant Director (not pictured)
  • Gaby Hurtado, MPA - AS ATN Project Manager (not pictured)

The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)

NICHQ is a partner to ensure the quality of our evidence-based guidelines. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Charles Homer, NICHQ’s primary aim is to improve the quality of healthcare for children by improving the systems responsible for its delivery. Led by experienced pediatric healthcare professionals, NICHQ helps organizations to build sustainable system improvement capabilities, accelerating the adoption of best practices and advocating for high quality children’s healthcare. To learn more about NICHQ, please visit www.nichq.org.

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