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Autism Consortium 2010 Symposium: New therapeutics focus, family resource guide announced
Date:11/1/2010

fessor of Neuroscience, and Head of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, included updates on clinical trials in disorders related to autism, as well as a discussion on collaborations between academia and industry, led by Robert Ring, PhD, Senior Director and Head of the Autism Research Unit at Pfizer Global Research and Development.

  • Omar Khwaja, MD, PhD Assistant in Neurology and Director of the Rett Syndrome Program at Children's Hospital Boston, and Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School presented an overview of a new clinical trial for Rett Syndrome underway at Children's Hospital Boston.
  • Kira Dies, ScM, LGC, Program Manager of the Tuberous Sclerosis Program at Children's Hospital Boston, gave an update on two clinical trials underway for Tuberous Sclerosis.
  • Paul Wang, MD, Vice President of Clinical Development at Seaside Therapeutics presented work on promising trials underway for Fragile X Syndrome.

Close-Up on Autism Genetics

The second afternoon session, lead by James Gusella, PhD, Bullard Professor of Neurogenetics at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, took an in-depth look at several recent findings in the area of genetics related to ASDs.

  • Michael Talkowski, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Gusella Laboratory at MGH presented his work on using novel sequencing methods to characterize balanced rearrangements to identify high impact genomic targets in autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Seema Jamal, MSc, LGC, CCGC, Instructor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine presented her work on understanding the genetics of Epilepsy Limited to Females with Mental Retardation syndrome and how that relates to Autism Spectrum Disorders.


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