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Featured Profile: Stephen Kanne


Stephen Kanne

Dr. Stephen Kanne leads a world-class team of specialists treating autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders at the University of Missouri.

Kanne began his career intending to treat Alzheimer’s patients and other adults, but he shifted focus after the pediatric round of his postdoctoral fellowship. His love of children and their caregivers makes him well-suited for the family-centric care provided by MU’s renowned Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, where he serves as Executive Director.

At the Center, Kanne plays a vital role in expanding research possibilities and furthering interdisciplinary relationships. He has facilitated collaborations both internally and externally, including a partnership with the Mercy Autism Center in St. Louis.

In addition to serving as a leader, Kanne remains active as a neuropsychologist and diagnostician. He and other Thompson Center researchers are participating in the Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge, or SPARK, the largest genetic study of autism in history. “If we can measure behavioral presentation and genetic profile, we can match and figure out different subtypes, genetically and behaviorally, in the hope of figuring out the genetic causes of autism,” he says.

Dr. Stephen Kanne is Executive Director of the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and William and Nancy Thompson Endowed Chair in Child Health. He is also an associate professor of health psychology in MU’s School of Health Professions.

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One Health/One Medicine