Los Angeles (May 17, 2013) – Dr. Daniel Geschwind, a renowned autism scientist at UCLA, and director of the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART), was joined by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (California’s 54th District), Los Angeles County Supervisor and Board Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas, Special Needs Network (SNN) president Areva Martin, Esq. - who spearheaded this important conference, John Wagner, Chief Operating Officer for First 5 LA, and other community leaders and autism advocates for a press conference and discussion to highlight Dr. Geschwind’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) $13 million research grant to extend his genetic research to African American families – a population that has been overlooked by autism researchers. Nearly 100 people attended including news media.
More photos from the press conference can be accessed here.
On February 1, 2013, the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) presented its 5th Annual Symposium - "Autism 2013" at UCLA. As in prior years, this continuing education symposium was attended by nearly 200 people, including community practitioners as well as parents, researchers and trainees, who heard CART faculty present scientific and clinical practice updates in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Speakers included Drs. Dan Geschwind (genetics), Susan Bookheimer (neuro-imaging), Shafali Jeste (pediatric neurology, electrophysiology and clinical diagnostics), Tanya Paparella (clinical approaches to social communication), and Stephanny Freeman (clinical approaches to ASD behavior). A treatment update panel was led by Jim McCracken, M.D., who presented an interactive audience-response talk to assess current needs in ASD treatment; and Jeffrey Wood, Ph.D. (cognitive behavioral interventions for youth) and Amanda Gulsrud, Ph.D. (early intervention and developmental trajectories) provided research updates. An "Ask the Experts" panel concluded the day. Videos of the speaker's presentations along with the expert panel session are available below.
On February 3, 2012, the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) presented its 4th Annual Symposium - "Autism 2012" at UCLA. This continuing education symposium was attended by nearly 200 people, including many community practitioners, who heard CART faculty present the latest breakthroughs in research and treatment in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Speakers included Drs. Dan Geschwind (genetics), Connie Kasari (behavioral treatments), Shafali Jeste (pediatric neurology and electrophysiology), Liz Laugeson (social skills training for teens and young adults), Mirella Dapretto (neuroimaging) and Ted Hutman (infants at risk). A clinical panel, led by Bhavik Shah, M.D. and also including Jeffrey Wood, Ph.D. and Pegeen Cronin, Ph.D., presented case studies, and an "Ask the Experts" panel concluded the day. Videos of each speaker's presentation along with the two panel sessions are available below. A brief introduction to the symposium and co-chair Dr. Susan Bookheimer's introduction appears at the beginning of the video of Dr. Hutman's talk. We hope that you can join us for the next annual symposium on February 1st, 2013 (1st Friday in Feb).