Suds & Science - Origins of Autism
Monday, September 15, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Origins of Autism
Monday, September 15, 2014, 6.30pm to appr. 8.00pm
Location will be announced shortly
Join Dr. Karen Pierce, assitant director of the Autism Center of Excellence at UC San Diego, as she shares new evidence confirming that autism begins during pregnancy. The Centers’s latest groundbreaking research utilized almost 1,000 scans of infants and toddlers with autism—thanks to a new local program called One Year Well Baby Check Up, which collects these images.
This event is free to attend and walk ins are welcome!
About Suds & Science:
Suds & Science are bimonthly events that bring scientists to your neighborhood bar. Raise a pint and listen to a 15-minute fun-yet-informative presentation on a hot science topic followed by an open and engaging conversation. Ask questions and form opinions while enjoying an adult beverage. Suds & Science puts the fun and spirit(s) back into science.
More about Dr. Karen Pierce:
Karen Pierce Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Assistant Director of the UCSD Autism Center of Excellence. She has been working with children with autism and their families for over 25 years. Dr. Pierce research examines several questions such as: How early can autism be detected? What is going wrong with the developing brain? To answer these questions she uses several tools ranging from parent questionairres, to eye tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Most recently she has demonstrated that autism can be detected by the 1st birthday, a major advance considering that the mean age of diagnosis is around 4 years in age nationally. Using fMRI during natural sleep, Dr. Pierce and her collaborators have demonstrated early neural abnormalities in the brain systems that support language development in autism. She has published over 50 research articles on the topic of autism and is invited to lecture world-wide. Her work has been highlighted in the public media including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and The San Diego Union Tribune. In the year 2012, Time Magazine nominated her as one of the top 100 most influential people of the year based on her leadership in the field of autism research. Her studies are funded by both the National Institute of Health as well as private organizations such as the National Foundation for Autism Research. She has been honored by several awards including US Department of Health and Human Services IACC Top Research Paper Award, Autism Speaks Top 10 Research Paper Award, and the San Diego Health Hero Award.