Thinking differently about neurodevelopmental disorders and autism: Lumping vs. splitting

  • Autism Research
Speaker Evdokia Anagnostou, M.D.
Bloorview Research Institute
Date & Time


Location

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

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

Autism Research

Autism Research lectures bring together scientists and scholars to discuss diverse and important topics related to autism. The lectures are open to the public and are held at the Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium at the Simons Foundation headquarters in New York City. Tea is served prior to each lecture.

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On September 26, 2018, Evdokia Anagnostou discussed the challenge of rethinking classification systems and diagnostic labels for autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders in light of recent findings from research and clinical studies.

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

About the Lecture

There has been an explosion of discoveries furthering our understanding of the biology and the various presentations of autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental differences. The excitement from the new understandings is matched by the challenge to rethink our classification systems and diagnostic labels and translate that into meaningful treatments.

In this lecture, Evdokia Anagnostou used evidence from genetics, brain imaging and behavior as well as treatment studies to illustrate this emerging rethinking of neurodevelopmental conditions.

About the Speaker

Evdokia Anagnostou is a child neurologist and senior clinician scientist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto; assistant director of the Bloorview Research Institute and co-lead of the Autism Research Centre. She holds a Canada Research Chair in translational therapeutics in autism spectrum disorder and the Dr. Stuart D. Sims Chair in Autism at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Anagnostou’s research focuses on translating genomic and systems biology findings into novel treatments for autism spectrum disorder.

Past Lectures

Progress in understanding the genetic basis of mental health

Benjamin Neale, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Associated Researcher, Broad Institute

On May 6, 2020, Benjamin Neale discussed progress in mapping genetic risk factors for autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Autism, autisms, or neurodevelopmental disorders?

Jason Lerch, Ph.D.Director of Preclinical Imaging, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, University of Oxford
Adjunct Scientist, Mouse Imaging Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Professor in Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto

On January 29, 2020, Jason Lerch explored this question: What do modern ways of looking at brains and genes tell us about autism – or autisms – and its relation to attention deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other related disorders of brain development?

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