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New Genetic Insights into the Pathophysiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Simons Foundation Lectures

Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

New Genetic Insights into the Pathophysiology of Autism...

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Autism Genetics
Limited seating; reservation required.
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Please join us for a free lecture for the graduate level and above scientific community on new genetic insights into the pathophysiology of autism spectrum disorders. Due to limited seating, tickets are required and will be available online on a first come, first served basis through Eventbrite.  Inquiries: lectures@simonsfoundation.org.

Autism: Emerging Concepts series schedule is available here.


The genetics and genomics of autism spectrum disorders have reached a tipping point. The recent focus on de novo mutations has led to systematic, highly productive gene discovery efforts. These have begun to clarify a tremendously heterogeneous allelic architecture as well as specific genes contributing to social disability syndromes. This lecture will review these recent discoveries and address the challenges facing the path forward from reliable gene discovery to an actionable understanding of the molecular pathophysiology of autism spectrum disorders.

About the Speaker

Matthew State, M.D., Ph.D., received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University, and completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute. He received his Ph.D. in genetics from Yale University and was a faculty member there from 2001-2013. He is currently chairman of the psychiatry department at the University of California, San Francisco.

State's lab has a longstanding interest in the contribution of rare genetic mutations to childhood neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism and Tourette syndrome. State is currently leading a large, multi-site, genome-wide study of autism spectrum disorder funded by the Simons Foundation, and is playing a leadership role in the Tourette International Collaborative for Genetics and the Autism Sequencing Consortium. Among many professional honors, this past year he was awarded the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.


Doors open  4:00p

Lecture         4:30-5:15p

Q & A            5:15-5:45p

Reception     5:45p


Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
Simons Foundation
160 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
(Entrance on 21st Street)
New York, NY  10010

The Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium offers accessible seating to patrons with special access needs. Please fill out the special accommodations request when ordering your ticket online.

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When & Where

Simons Foundation
160 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

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Simons Foundation Lectures

The Simons Foundation launched the Simons Foundation Lectures in 2013 with the intention of drawing area scientists and scholars together around diverse and important topics in mathematics, physics, computer science, life sciences and autism research.  

To read more about the Simons Foundation mission and its programs, please visit simonsfoundation.org.

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