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Towards Identifying the Pathophysiology of Autistic Syndromes (C2)

Organizer(s) Joseph Piven and Pat Levitt
February 24—28, 2008
Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel • Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
Abstract Deadline: Oct 24, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Nov 26, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 24, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Dec 26, 2007

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Autism is a common and highly heritable, neurodevelopmental disorder defined by the co-occurrence of three characteristic, behavioral features: (1) deficits in social interactions, (2) abnormalities in verbal and non-verbal communication, and (3) highly restricted interests and repetitive behaviors. The developmental etiology and specific pathogenetic mechanisms underlying autism are unknown, but the pathophysiology that underlies a small subset of etiologically-defined, rarer neurodevelopmental disorders, thought to be associated with autism and autistic behaviors—e.g., Fragile X Syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome and Rett Syndrome—have been well-described, yet there is disproportionately little research on these conditions as models for understanding autism. Accumulating data suggest that an underlying pathophysiology in the development of brain connectivity may be the point of convergence across all of these disorders. This conference brings together a unique group of clinical and basic scientists to examine what is known about the genetic and neurobiological underpinnings of this subset of disorders as a starting point for identifying the pathophysiological basis of autism.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: October 24, 2007 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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