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2014 Research Symposium

The annual symposium was held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

The day brought together over 500 scientists, clinicians, advocates, funders, and families to hear about new innovations and collaborations in autism research and clinical care.


Conference Center Conference Center
October 21, 2014 Boston

Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School

77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA, 02115, USA
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agenda table
8:00 AM

Resource and Research Fair

9:00 AM


Deirdre Phillips - Executive Director, Autism Consortium

9:10 AM

iPS Cell Technology and Autism Research

Rudolf Jaenisch, MD
Professor in Biology, Whitehead Institute and the Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


9:40 AM

Update on the Genetics of Autism and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Matthew State, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Fransisco

10:20 AM

Paul Marcus, co-founder, Autism Consortium

10:35 AM


11:00 AM

Autism and Epilepsy: What is the connection?

Sarah Spence, MD, PhD
Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital


11:30 AM

Panel: Enhancing Clinical Care with Critical Resources

Moderated by Marilyn Augustyn, MD - Director, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center, Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Kelly Hurley - Autism Resource Specialist, Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (CANDO), Department of Psychiatry, UMass Memorial Medical Center

Neal Goodman, MS - Autism Resource Specialist, Developmental Medicine Center, Boston Children's Hospital

Ann Neumeyer, MD - Pediatric Neurology, Medical Director, Lurie Center for Autism and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Assistant Professor, Havard Medical School

Jeremy Young - Family Perspective

Josh Lyons - Autism Services Coordinator, TILL, Autism Services Center

12:30 PM

Lunch/Poster Session

1:30 PM

Panel: Challenges & Rewards of Translational Research in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Moderated by Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD - Director, Translational Neuroscience Center, Boston Children's Hospital

Randall Carpenter, MD - Co-founder and Director, Seaside Therapeutics

James Doherty, PhD - Vice President, Pharmacology, Sage Therapeutics, Inc.

Alan Crane, MA, MBA - Partner and Entrepreneur, Polaris Partners

Peter Barrett, PhD - Partner, Life Sciences Group, Atlas Venture

2:45 PM

Closing Remarks

Peter Barrett, PhD - President, Autism Consortium

3:00 PM