ASF Grantees and Fellows Present Research at IMFAR

Autism Science Foundation grantees and fellows will be giving several presentations throughout the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in San Francisco this week. If you will be at IMFAR, see details below so you can attend their presentations. If not, see below anyway to learn about the great work ASF grantees and fellows are doing. We will be posting on Facebook and tweeting all throughout the conference!

Thursday, May 11th
Karen Chenausky
Session Title: Communication and Language
Session Date/Time: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Poster Title: Predictors of Speech Improvement in Minimally Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Christine Ochoa
Session Title: Animal Models
Session Date/Time: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Poster Title: Loss of KCTD13 Decreases Hippocampal Synaptic Transmission Via the Small Gtpase RhoA

Dara Chan
Session Title: Adult Outcome: Medical, Cognitive, Behavioral
Session Date/Time: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Poster Title: Examining Environmental Predictors of Social Participation and Service Use for Adults with ASD Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Friday, May 12th
Jacqueline Barkoski
Session Title: Epidemiology
Session Date/Time: Friday, May 12, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Poster Title: In Utero Pyrethroid Pesticide Exposure and Child Cognitive Development from 6 to 36 Months in the Marbles Longitudinal Cohort

Saturday, May 13th
Tychele Turner
Session Title: Gene Discovery in ASD
Session Date/Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:15 PM-2:05 PM
Presentation Title: Genome Sequencing of 2,064 Genomes from 516 Simplex Families with Autism
Oral Presentation Start Time: 1:15 PM

Donna Werling (on behalf of Stephan Sanders)
Session Title: Gene Discovery in ASD
Session Date/Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1:15 PM-2:05 PM
Presentation Title: Interaction Between Human Sexual Dimorphism and ASD Neurobiology
Oral Presentation Start Time: 1:39 PM

Shweta Ghai
Session Title: Early Development (< 48 months)
Session Date/Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:40 PM
Poster Title: Physiological Measurements of Voice Quality in Children with Autism Using Electroglottography in Relation to Clinical Assessment Outcome

Aarti Nair
Session Title: Early Brain Development
Session Date/Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 2:10 PM-3:00 PM
Presentation Title: Altered Early Development of Resting-State Network Properties in Infants at High Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Oral Presentation Start Time: 2:10 PM
ASF President to Receive 2017 INSAR Advocate Award

Congratulations to ASF President Alison Singer on receiving this year's International Society for Autism Research Advocate Award! According to INSAR, "This award honors community members/advocates who have influenced the ability to carry out autism research."

The ceremony will be held at IMFAR in San Francisco on Thursday, May 11th at 4pm in Room Yerba Buena 8-9.
Join Us at a Special Interest Group: Promoting Partnerships between Patient Advocacy Groups and Researchers to Improve Autism Research
IMFAR Special Interest Group

Are you a researcher or clinician who is interested in collaborating with patient advocacy groups of genetic disorders associated with autism?

Join us at a Special Interest Group co-organized by ASF Chief Science Officer Dr. Alycia Halladay!
When? Saturday, May 13th at 7:15AM
Where? Marriott Marquis San Francisco

Description: Advances in genetic testing have resulted in the discovery of multiple rare variants that greatly increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. In order to create communities and accelerate our understanding of these disorders, affected families have established Patient Advocacy Groups (PAGs). This SIG represents a timely effort to increase crosstalk between these PAGs and researchers and clinicians who study and care for these populations, with a focus on the following key topics that span disorders:
  • Biorepositories and tissue banks
  • Family registries
  • Clinical trial consortium
Apply for the Workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is organizing the Workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorders this summer from  July 31 - August 6, 2017.

The instructors for the course are Drs. James McPartland (Yale University), Sergiu Pasca (Stanford University), and Jeremy Veenstra-Vander Weele (Columbia University). Speakers include ASF President Alison Singer and ASF Scientific Advisory Board Member Dr. Cathy Lord (Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital).

Other speakers include:
Frances Champagne,  Columbia University
Geraldine Dawson,  Duke University Medical Center
√Čric Fombonne, Oregon Health & Science University 
Daniel Geschwind, Read Neurological Research Center
Takao Hensch, Harvard University
Connie Kasari, University of California, Los Angeles 
Declan Murphy, King's College London, UK
Craig Powell, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Bernardo Sabatini, Harvard Medical School
Mustafa Sahin, Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital
Cindy Schumann, University of California Davis MIND Institute 
Nenad Sestan, Yale University Medical School
Sarah Spence, Harvard University/ Boston Children's Hospital
Beth Stevens, Harvard Medical School/ Boston Children's Hospital

Applications for this course are due by May 15, 2017. Click here for details.