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Video: Marino Autism Research Institute Scientific Symposium: "Environment and Autism Etiology"

Apr. 23, 2008, 4:47 PM

At no point is the interaction between genes and environment more critical than during development, when even minor chemical disturbances can have profound, long-term effects on the brain. With over 80,000 compounds registered for use in the U.S., and with genetic complexity, interdisciplinary efforts are needed to address the gene-environment connection in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The Marino Autism Research Institute Scientific Symposium was held at Vanderbilt University on April 22, 2008 to provide researchers with a platform to discuss the role of environment in increasing autism risk and impact on the diversity of behavioral and medical symptoms.

View the MARI Symposium event program (.pdf)

MARI Symposium:

Opening Remarks: Welcome Introduction, Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., Dan Marino, and Wendy Stone, Ph.D.
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Introduction to Clinical and Behavioral Aspects of ASD, Peter Mundy, Ph.D., University of California-Davis
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Genetics of ASD, James Sutcliffe, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
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Linking Genes and Neurobiology, Pat Levitt, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
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Epidemiologic Approaches for Studying Environmental Influences on ASD, Craig Newschaffer, Ph.D., Drexel University
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Environmental Agents in ASD: Epidemiologic Perspective, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D., M.P.H
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Environmental Agents in ASD: Molecular and Toxicologic Clues, Isaac Pessah, Ph.D. University of California-Davis
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Metabolic Consequences of Environmental Stressors, BethAnn McLaughlin, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
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Metals in ASD, Michael Aschner, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
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Convergent Mechanisms in the Autism/Toxicology Oxidative Phenotype, Mark Noble, Ph.D., University of Rochester
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Molecular Dysfunction Following Environmental Intoxication During Gestation, Darryl B. Hood, Ph.D., Meharry Medical College
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Drug and Chemical Exposures in Animal Models Related to ASD, Theodore Slotkin, Ph.D., Duke University
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Closing Remarks,
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Contact: Melanie Moran (615) 322-NEWS
melanie.moran@vanderbilt.edu

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