Human Genetics Symposium: Pediatric Aspects in ASD

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Levinson Hall

1700 Wade Hampton Blvd

Greenville, SC 29607

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We are pleased to announce the third edition of the Human Genetics Symposium hosted by Bob Jones University in collaboration with the Greenwood Genetic Center.

Bob Jones University and the Greenwood Genetic Center are honored to invite families, scientists, professionals in the health care system, and anyone interested in autism spectrum disorders to attend an event that blends in scientific seminars and round-table workshops in a variety of fields.

Through this symposium you will learn about how to identify and diagnose the general traits of ASD especially in infants and toddlers, and learn about available personalized treatments.

BJU will be offering 0.3 CEUs (continuing education units) for attending the conference. A $10 administrative fee will be applied at the symposium to those who elect the CEUs.

Poster exhibits will also be available.


Carrie Buchanan, MD (Greenwood Genetic Center)

Carrie Buchanan is board certified in pediatrics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. After graduating from fellowship at Greenville Health System, she joined the Center for Translational Research (CTR) team at Greenwood Genetic Center. Her research interests include autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, fragile X syndrome, and Rett syndrome.

Celine Saulnier, PhD (Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Consulting Service)

Dr. Saulnier earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology. Dr. Celine Saulnier is a renowned clinician-scientist with over 20 years of experience in clinical and diagnostic evaluations of autism spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders for both clinical and research purposes.

Luigi Boccuto, MD (Greenwood Genetic Center)

Dr. Boccuto is a clinical geneticist who trained for several years under Professor Neri in Rome with a focus on in hereditary cancer, overgrowth syndromes and intellectual disability (ID) syndromes. Dr. Boccuto is currently an assistant research scientist at the JC Self Research Institute of the Greenwood Genetic Center. His main projects are focused on the study of the genetic causes of autism, ID, and conditions with segmental or generalized overgrowth. He is also characterizing the metabolic profiles of cells from patients with overgrowth, autism, ID, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.


(These workshops will run parallel)


Leader: Jennifer Stallworth

(genetic counselor, and program manager for the Center for Translational Research at the Greenwood Genetics Center)

This workshop will provide an overview of genetic counseling as a profession including key skills such as pedigree construction, risk assessment, informed decision-making, and education. Participants will discuss how genetic counseling skills are applied to families with ASD.


Leader: Hannah Benge

(Speech-Language Pathology faculty at Bob Jones University)

This workshop would overview some of the neural wiring differences of those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder as compared with those with neurotypical wiring. The goal of this workshop would be to increase the participants understanding of the behavior and communication abilities of those with ASD.


Leader: Laramie Paras

(Health Care Attorney, Womble Bond Dickinson)

What happens next? This workshop will give participants a general overview of the federal and state programs and local resources available for individuals with ASD. Laramie will also facilitate a discussion with the group about ongoing supports and services - from early childhood through adulthood - that have impacted these individuals and their families.


Leader: Mildred Jodar

(Speech-Language Pathologist at Alexander Elementary School)

This session will aim to provide an overview of how a peer modeling program can increase the number of spontaneous communicative interactions in the general education setting by educating peer mentors. We will discuss obstacles to using augmentative and alternative communication, strategies that were successful, and possible new approaches.


Leader: Tim Wise

(Genomics Product Specialist at Agilent Technologies)

CRISPR technology has revolutionized synthetic biology. This novel tool allows for screening genes to determine function, and also editing genes to alter function. CRISPR gene editing opens the doors for cell-based therapies to fight cancer and more in general genetic disease


Leader: Scott Braud

(ABA therapist at the Project Hope Foundation)

This workshop will provide an overview of the fundamental elements of ABA therapy procedures and how they are implemented in therapy sessions in home, clinic, community, and school settings. We will discuss the goals of ABA interventions and how these interventions can assist individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.


5:30 – Dinner

6:00 – Carrie Buchanan

Title: Autism Spectrum Disorder: A clinical perspective in pediatrics

6:30 – Celince Saulnier

Title: The Emergence of Autism in Infants and Toddlers: Best Practices for Early Detection and Diagnosis

7:00 – Luigi Boccuto

Title: Personalized medicine in autism: new approaches to an old problem

7:25 – Break with Posters and Booths

7:45 – Round-Table Workshops (parallel sessions)

8:30 – End


Do I have to attend the dinner at 5:30? What if I am late?

You do not have to attend the dinner. Dinner is included in the cost of your ticket. (The ticket price remains the same if you do not come to dinner). Dinner is not provided to BJU faculty, staff, and students. BJU people can eat in the dining common and come at 6:00 for the event.

Why can I only purchace 1 ticket with my ID #?

BJU Id #'s only work for 1 ticket. If you have other people wishing to attend with you, please sign up with the regular attendee ticket.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

You are welcome to park in the administration parking lot. It is located in front of the Dining Common.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No you do not need to print your ticket.

What do I wear to the event?

Most people will be in business casual.

Are there CEUs offered for this conference?

BJU will be offering 0.3 CEUs (continuing education units) for attending the conference. CEU transcript requests will be available on site.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For general questions concerning the event schedule and logistics contact Kayla Sulaiman at ksulaima@bju.edu or 864-242-5100 ext. 4209

For technical questions, group discounts, sponsor rates, and posters, contact Vincenzo Antignani at vantigna@bju.edu or 864-242-5100 ext. 2278

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