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2013 Research Symposium

The annual symposium was held on Tuesday November 5, 2013, at Harvard Medical School in Boston. 

The day brought together over 400 scientists, clinicians, advocates and families to hear about new innovations and collaborations in autism research and clinical care. 


Conference Center Conference Center
November 5th, 2013 Boston

Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School

77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
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agenda table
8:30 AM


Deirdre Phillips

Executive Director, Autism Consortium

8:45 AM

Connectivity and the Rise of Autism Research

Dennis Wall, PhD

Associate Professor, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

9:30 AM

Difficult-to-treat Autism: from Genes to Population Studies in Rhode Island

Eric Morrow, MD, PhD 

Assistant Professor in Molecular Biology and Psychiatry; Institute for Brain Science, Brown University

10:00 AM

In their Own Words: Teens Navigating the Transition to Adulthood

Kush Baghat, Darcie Lester, and Michael Mayes  

Moderated by Shari King, MA

10:45 AM


11:15 AM

Psychiatric Genetics: Thinking Outside the Box

Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD

Associate Vice Chair of the MGH Department of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatric Genetics 

11:45 AM

Medical and Behavioral Conditions seen in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Jean A. Frazier, MD 

Vice Chair and Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Robert M and Shirley S. Siff Endowed Chair in Autism, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, UMMS/UMMH
12:15 PM


Poster Session

Research and Resource Fair

1:30 PM

Simons VIP: A genetics first approach to the study of autism

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD 

Herbert Irving Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Columbia University
2:15 PM

Collaborative Clinical Research: Finding Biomarkers in Autism

Carolyn Bridgemohan, MD 

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Co-Director, Autism Spectrum Center; Division of Developmental Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston
2:45 PM

A Nuclear-Mediated Goldilocks Effect of Ube3a on Social Behavior and Cortical Gene Expression in Idic15 Autism and Angelman Syndrome

Matthew Anderson, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School; Director of Neuropathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
3:15 PM


3:45 PM

Molecular Tuning of Wnt Signaling by the Autism-associated Gene CHD8

Yea Jin Kaeser-Woo, PhD 

Simons Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT  
4:05 PM

Interaction among 16p11.2 Genes Reveals Key Candidates Affecting Brain Development

Jasmin McCammon, PhD 

Postdoctoral Associate, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
4:25 PM

Transcriptional Consequences of 16p11.2 Microdeletion/Microduplication Syndrome in Autism Subjects and Mouse Cortex

Ian Blumenthal, BA, BE 

Center for Human Genetic Research, MGH
4:45 PM


Adjourn to Reception