Raun D. Melmed, MD is co-founder and medical director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. Director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona and adjunct senior researcher at the Translational Genomics Institute in Phoenix. He earned his medical degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, completed internship in Tel Hashomer Hospital in Israel, residency in pediatrics at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, New York and fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. Board certified in pediatrics, developmental and behavioral pediatrics. His latest book “Autism: Early intervention” was published in 2007. He has developed physician-training programs for the early identification of infants and toddlers with developmental and behavioral concerns as well as programs geared at screening for autism spectrum disorders. He is currently an investigator on studies of family linkage, proteomics, and gene profiling in autism as well as the use of novel psychopharmacological agents in the treatment of autism and ADHD.