Exciting new research looks at the cause of autism beyond genetics or environmental factors. We know that autism develops very early in life, but this research helps us to better understand what is going on. The research shows a strong link between maternal immune response and children who later develop autism. Explaining this research to parents, educators, therapists and doctors and answering your questions is the focus of this presentation. Learn what this means for the future of autism research and our understanding of this disorder.
Dr. Cleary's vast experience in applied immunology positions him perfectly to explain this research and its implications to those outside the immunological research field. His work lead to the discovery that the dominate immune response to streptococcal mucosal infections produces Th17 cells and in January 2016 reported that these bacterial specific T cells enter the brain and open the door permitting autoimmune antibody to enter and react with dopamine receptors and other brain protein.
Epidemiological studies suggest that these T cells are linked to abnormal brain development. With this background Dr. Cleary will present and explain exciting new research, which demonstrates that Th17 responses to virus infections during pregnancy can lead to autism in children.
Presenter: P. Patrick Cleary, PhD, retired from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2013. As Professor of Microbiology for 42 years he taught senior biology students and medical students about the molecular biology of infectious disease. He trained 38 PhD scientists and hundreds of undergraduate biology and medical students. He is Emeritus Professor of Microbiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School.