Autism is diagnosed far more often in men than in women. However, the mechanisms underlying this prevalence disparity remain elusive. The focus on men with autism might impede the development of diagnostic tests and delay access to care for all people with autism. SCANNER aims to understand how genetic, neurophysiological and behavioural sex differences contribute to the presence and severity of autism characteristics, and to distinguish these biological factors from potential diagnostic bias.
Our long-term goal is to improve the autism diagnostic process by introducing novel sex-sensitive solutions applicable in clinical settings and eHealth care.