Altered somatosensory processing in autism spectrum disorders: Mechanisms and emerging therapeutic opportunities

  • Autism Research
Speaker David Ginty, Ph.D.
Harvard University
Date & Time


Location

Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
160 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010 United States

Tea 4:15 – 5:00 pm
Lecture 5:00 – 6:15 pm

Autism Research

Autism Research lectures bring together scientists and scholars to discuss diverse and important topics related to autism.

On April 24, 2019, David Ginty presented his work on the neurobiological basis of touch over-reactivity in mouse models of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). He also discussed new pharmacological approaches aimed at reducing sensory over-reactivity and potentially improving cognitive and behavioral abnormalities associated with ASD.

His talk was part of the Simons Foundation Autism Research lecture series.

About the Lecture

Mounting evidence indicates that sensory processing impairments are a key feature of ASD. In this lecture, David Ginty described work that employs molecular genetics, electrophysiological, synaptic and behavioral analyses to define the neurobiological basis of touch over-reactivity in mouse models of ASD, and its relationship to brain development and ASD-associated behavior. He also discussed new pharmacological approaches to treat touch over-reactivity with the goal of reducing sensory over-reactivity and potentially improving cognitive and behavioral abnormalities associated with ASD.

About the Speaker

David Ginty is the Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research focuses on development and functional organization of neural circuits that underlie touch perception in normal and disease states, and he serves as associate director of Harvard’s Program in Neuroscience. Ginty is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Past Lectures

Rare variants and the genetics of autism

Evan E. Eichler, Ph.D.Professor, Department of Genome Sciences and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Washington, Seattle

Evan Eichler discussed his research on the genetics of autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions.

Phenotyping sleep

Emmanuel Mignot, M.D., Ph.D.Craig Reynolds Professor of Sleep Medicine, Stanford University

Emmanuel Mignot discussed sleep biology as well as sleep disorders and their impact. He presented a link to what is known on the genetics of sleep and sleep disorders. He emphasized the need for large scale objective sleep recording studies with genomic and proteomic analysis to better understand the molecular pathways regulating sleep and circadian biology.

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