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2011 Research Symposium

The sixth annual symposium was held on October 25th, 2011, at Harvard Medical School in Boston.  At the meeting, the Consortium announced a new partnership with the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI).

The Symposium gave scientists, clinicians, advocates and families an opportunity to gather and to hear about new vision for treatment, recent research including the latest on genetics of autism and their implications for diagnosis, care and treatment of people with autism spectrum disorders. The 2011 Symposium set a new high record for attendance, with more than 500 attendees.

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October 25th, 2011 Boston

Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School

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agenda table
8:30 AM


Family Research and Resource Fair

9:30 AM


Deirdre Phillips

Executive Director, Autism Consortium

9:45 AM

New Visions for Autism Treatment

Christopher McDougle, MD

Director, Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital


9:45 AM

Jean Frazier, MD


Chair, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center

9:45 AM

William Barbaresi, MD


Associate Chief, Division of Developmental Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston

10:45 AM


11:00 AM

Bridging Clinical Care and Clinical Research

Roula Choueiri, MD

Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, Assistant Professor Pediatrics, Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN), Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center

11:30 AM

Shortening the behavioral diagnosis of autism through artificial intelligence and mobile health technologies

Dennis Wall, PhD 

Director, Computational Biology Initiative at Harvard Medical School; Assistant Professor of Pathology, BIDMC

12:00 PM

Poster Session and the Family Research and Resource Fair

1:00 PM

Relaying Research Findings to Families: Ethical and Legal Considerations

Pearl O’Rourke, MD

Director, Human Research Affairs at Partners Health Care System

1:45 PM

Autism Genetics:  New Advances and Future Considerations

Mark Daly, PhD 

Associate Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and Associate Member, Broad Institute


1:45 PM

Timothy Yu, MD, PhD


Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Research Fellow, Children's Hospital Boston

2:30 PM

Neuronal E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Pam in TSC/mTORC1 Signaling and Synapse Development

Vijaya Ramesh, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Associate Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

2:50 PM


3:10 PM

Repetitive Behaviors in Autism Spectrum and OC-Spectrum Disorders: The Basal Ganglia Link

Ann Graybiel, PhD 

Institute Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Investigator at the McGovern Institute, MIT

3:40 PM

The Cognitive Phenotype of Autism: Face Perception and Attention

Nancy Kanwisher, PhD

Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT.

4:10 PM

Closing Remarks followed by reception

Peter Barrett, PhD 

President, Board of Directors, Autism Consortium