A specialist of nuclear medicine has dedicated his life to seeking ways to defeat autism after his son was diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental disorder 18 years ago. 

Speaking to Anadolu Agency in an interview on the annual World Autism Day — celebrated internationally on April 2 since its adoption by the UN in 2007 — Dr. Necip Cem Kinaci recounted how he switched his area of expertise to deal with autism.

“I had to give up everything just to focus on studies about autism for my son Ata,” said Kinaci, who graduated from Istanbul’s Capa Medicine Faculty in 1984.

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