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GNC's French hub
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Paris, France

Overview of the GNC's French hub, in Paris.

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Photo: Anna Spyrou

Christopher Gillberg and Marion Leboyer, Professor of Psychiatry in Paris, started the PARIS-studies in 1989 (Paris Autism Research In Siblings), the first large scale genetic studies in the history of autism.

They gradually recruited a number of outstanding researchers into their group, including Thomas Bourgeron, and much later, Richard Delorme. Since then, Bourgeron and Gillberg together have performed a number of groundbreaking autism genetic studies, including the first study that identified specific synapse-related genes in the pathogenesis of autism in the early 2000s.

Christopher Gillberg is now a Visiting Professor in Bourgeron’s department at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and Bourgeron is a Visiting Professor in Gillberg’s department in Gothenburg, and the collaborative studies go on and on at the international forefront of autism genetic research.