Please join us for "An Attempt at Redefining Autism for the Biological Sciences: Implications and Translational Opportunities — A lecture by Dr. Ami Klin", a free event for the scientific community — graduate level and higher — at the Simons Foundation, located on 21st Street in Manhattan. At a reception immediately following the talk, guests will have the opportunity to meet the speaker and mingle with colleagues. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to obtain tickets online now through Eventbrite.
Advances in molecular genetics have implicated a variety of genetic variations in autism, yet understanding of what these variations mean is still limited. Advances in classification of diseases have made autism among the most reliably diagnosed neurodevelopmental or neuropsychiatric disorders. But symptoms used to define autism are likely outcomes of earlier disruptions in normative social and communication development rather than causally linked to genetic perturbations.
In this presentation, Ami Klin will present infant and toddler data on two behavioral assays measuring highly conserved and developmentally early emerging social adaptive behaviors. His findings suggest that these measures are more proximal to gene expression, better capture unfolding social adaptive developmental mechanisms and are more presymptomatic and more highly quantitative than prior work. The findings have the potential to bridge genetic determinants and symptomatic outcomes, create a common framework for gene-brain-behavior research and constrain future models of pathogenesis. These concepts also have translational value in addressing autism as a public health challenge via efforts to develop community-viable systems to reduce age of diagnosis and improve access to early care in the general population. Klin’s programmatic goal at the Marcus Autism Center research enterprise is to capitalize on new science in order to address still-intractable health care challenges.
About the Speaker
Ami Klin, Ph.D., is Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Professor and director of the division of autism and developmental disabilities at Emory University School of Medicine, and chief of the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of London and completed clinical and research work at Yale University’s Child Study Center. Until 2010, he directed the autism program at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, and was Harris Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry there.
Klin’s primary research focuses on the social mind and brain, and on the developmental aspects of autism from infancy through adulthood. He is the author of over 180 publications in the field of autism and related conditions and the co-editor of Asperger Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders in Infants and Toddlers, the third edition of the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders and several special issues of professional journals focused on autism spectrum disorders.
Doors open 4:00PM
Lecture and Q&A 4:30-6:00PM
Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
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.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the event.
Upcoming Autism: Emerging Concepts lectures
April 23, 2014 Gail Mandel
May 28, 2014 Gina Turrigiano
When & Where
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.