Center of Excellence for Childhood Neurotherapeutics
The Center of Excellence for Childhood Neurotherapeutics (CECN) will become South Carolina’s primary resource in two key activities:
- CECN will conduct research regarding the etiology of autism and the efficacy of different treatment interventions. This research will be multidisciplinary, utilizing the resources of the University of South Carolina, Greenville Health System, and the Medical University of South Carolina.
- CECN will provide, for families, support and access to the latest scientific information on autism and provide education and training for professionals from a number of healthcare and educational disciplines. Other state and local agencies including the South Carolina Department for Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services, the Department of Medicaid Services, the Department of Public Health, and the South Carolina Department of Education will be invited to participate in the Center’s activities.
While the priorities of the center will inevitably evolve, at its inception the CECN will have as priorities:
- To develop resources for a single physical location for all associated faculty and staff
- To establish collaboration with community advocates in designing clinical services and development of its research agenda.
Dr. Manuel Casanova was elected president of the International Consortium of Autism Institutes
On June 16, 2016 Dr. Manuel Casanova was elected president of the International Consortium of Autism Institutes (ICAI). ICAI is an advocacy group comprised of different autism and related disabilities institutes from around the world. Its mission statement is to promote the free exchange of information regarding the health, wellness and educational needs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) individuals while simultaneously being respectful of their individual desires. ICAI aims to consolidate the keynote medical research and information technology resources on ASD and to promote an integrated approach to its treatment that includes strategies of social adaptation and medical rehabilitation.
Manuel F. Casanova, MD
Manuel F. Casanova, MD is the SMART State Endowed Chair in Translational Childhood Neurotherapeutics for the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine and the Greenville Health System.