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Autism Summer Institute on July 11, 2019

June 12, 2019
2nd Annual Autism Summer Institute

Yale Autism Center of Excellence

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Yale School of Medicine
Child Study Center
Cohen Auditorium
230 South Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06519

The Autism Program at the Child Study Center, an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scholars at one of the leading research centers in the world, offers a full-day review of current research in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Highlighting our NIH-funded Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) project Understanding Neurodevelopment in Autism, presentations will include studies of prenatal and neonatal biomarkers of autism, cellular mechanisms underlying the development of autism, sex differences in brain connectivity, and a new intervention protocol for toddlers at high risk for autism. We will also present our latest work on biomarkers, emotional development, and early diagnosis of ASD.

This Symposium is free of charge and is open to the scientific and clinical community, with students, postdocs and trainees at all levels welcome.


9:30-10:00 Coffee

10:00-10:15 Welcome and Introduction
Kasia Chawarska, PhD

10:15-11:00 An introduction to Autism and the Autism Spectrum
Fred Volkmar, MD

11:00-11:45 Autism Spectrum Disorder in Infants and Toddlers
Kasia Chawarska, PhD

11:45-1:15 Lunch on your own

1:15-1:45 A role for fetal and neonatal imaging in autism
Dustin Scheinost, PhD

1:45-2:15 Connectome based predictive modeling in ASD:
Understanding Brain-Behavior Relationships

Todd Constable, PhD

2:15-2:45 The emotional landscape of toddlers with ASD
Suzanne Macari, PhD

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:30 Stem Cells derived organoids as individualized models of
neuropsychiatric diseases

Flora Vaccarino, MD

3:30-4:00 Developing Biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder
James McPartland, PhD

4:00-4:30 Language, ASD and the Developing Brain
Laura Ment, MD

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Submitted by Deanna Macris on June 12, 2019