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Past Lectures

What can genetics tell us about autism spectrum disorder?

Stephan Sanders, B.M.B.S., Ph.D.Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco

On 22 March 2017, Stephan Sanders presented an update on the current state of genetics research in autism, highlighting some of the key findings that remain to be discovered, and discussing how these findings could ultimately benefit individuals with autism and their families.

Exploiting genetics to identify environmental risks for autism

Mark Zylka, Ph.D.Professor and Director, Neuroscience Center, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

On 22 February 2017, Mark Zylka described how candidate environmental risk factors for autism can be identified rationally, by pinpointing chemicals that interfere with the same molecular pathways that are affected in individuals with autism.

Genomic insights into human cortical development and neurodevelopmental disease

Arnold Kriegstein, M.D., Ph.D.Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, University of California, San Francisco

On 1 February 2017, Arnold Kriegstein described recent advances in our understanding of the unique features of human cortical development and discussed insights into the origins of neurodevelopmental disorders.

How immune cells help wire the brain: Implications for autism and psychiatric illness

Beth Stevens, Ph.D.Research Associate in Neurology, Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

On 2 November 2016, Beth Stevens discussed recent work that implicates brain immune cells, called microglia, in sculpting of synaptic connections during development and their relevance to autism, schizophrenia and other brain disorders.

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