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2012 Research Symposium

The seventh annual symposium was held on Wednesday October 24, 2012, at Harvard Medical School in Boston. 

The day brought together over 500 scientists, clinicians, advocates and families to hear about new innovations and collaborations in autism research and clinical care.  See the videos and presentations from the day below.

Conference Center Conference Center
October 24, 2012 Boston

Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School

77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
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agenda table
7:30 AM


Research and Resource Fair

8:30 AM


Deirdre Phillips

Executive Director

8:45 AM

Strategic priorities in autism research

Gerald Fischbach, MD

Director, Life Sciences and Scientific Director, Simons Foundation and Autism Research Initiative


9:30 AM

parent perspective

Nichole Barros

Parent Consultant

9:40 AM

dsm-5: The new diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders

Walter E. Kaufmann, MD

Senior Associate in Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital, Visiting Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School


10:30 AM


10:50 AM

Session: Identifying Biomarkers in Autism


introduction to the topic and moderator

Robert H. Ring, PhD

Vice President of Translational Research, Autism Speaks


11:05 AM

autonomic biomarkers in everyday life

Rosalind Picard, ScD

Professor, MIT Media Lab; Chairman and Chief Scientist, Affectiva

11:30 AM

embryologically-derived measures of dysmorphology in autism

Curtis Deutsch, PhD

Director of Psychobiology, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, UMMS


11:55 AM

glutamate and gaba function in autism spectrum disorders: a proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic study

Elif Sikoglu, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Comparative NeuroImaging, University of Massachusetts Medical School


12:30 PM

Poster Session, Research and Resource Fair

1:30 PM

parent perspective

Kate Supple

Parent Advocate

1:40 PM

Session: Evolving Clinical and Research Collaborations


the challenge of putting genetic results to work

Steven Hyman, MD

Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Director, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Director of the Broad Institute's Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research


2:00 PM

meeting the challenge of autism spectrum disorder

Mriganka Sur, PhD

Paul E. and Lilah Newton Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Simons Center for the Social Brain at MIT

2:25 PM

promises and challenges of integrating high quality translational research into a busy clinical program

Leonard Rappaport, MD

Chief, Division of Developmental Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Mary Deming Scott Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

2:50 PM

Current Research Initiatives in Autism Spectrum Disorders at Mass General Hospital and Beyond

Ronald E. Kleinman, MD

Physician in Chief, MassGeneral Hospital for Children; Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Chief, Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Nutrition Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital; Charles Wilder Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

3:15 PM


3:30 PM

mapping connectomes with machines and crowds

H. Sebastian Seung, PhD

Professor of Computational Neuroscience, MIT; Scientific Director, Wired Differently

4:00 PM

brain functional networks in tuberous sclerosis complex and autism: a graph theoretical study of eeg connectivity

Jurriaan Peters, MD

Division of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, Boston Children's Hospital; Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School


4:15 PM

whole genome prenatal sequencing in a clinical setting detects chromosomal rearrangements with predictive clinical outcomes

Michael E. Talkowski, PhD

Assistant in Genetics, Instructor in Neurology Center for Human Genetics Research, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School Program in Medical and Population Genetics, Broad Institute


4:30 PM

the role of cnvs in consanguineous families, an autism case study

Klaus Schmitz Abe, PhD

Instructor, Program in Genomics Boston Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School


4:45 PM

closing remarks (followed by a reception)

Peter Barrett, PhD

President of the Board of Directors