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Autism research center opens in city

A NEW autism research center has opened in the city, in an initiative to improve treatment for children with the condition.

The center, established by the Children's Hospital of Fudan University and US autism science and advocacy organization Autism Speaks, plans to conduct research in diagnosing and developing early treatment of the condition.

The city will also set up a three-stage network in the community and hospitals for early screening of autism when children go for a physical check.

And it will provide people with autism personalized training near their homes.

According to a survey by the World Health Organization, there are at least one million known cases of autistic children in China.

The number of known autism cases in Shanghai is around 8,000.

Dr Wang Yi, vice president of the hospital, said the figures for China are almost certainly underestimates.

"We've come to China to work together and learn from each other," said Geri Dawson, chief scientific officer of Autism Speaks.


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