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Advances In Our Understanding of the Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders.


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Raphael Bernier, Ph.D.

Date:  April 19, 2011

Location:  Demaray Hall 150

Time:  7:00-9:00 p.m.

Abstract: Autism is now considered the most common developmental disorder. Questions about the causes of autism spectrum disorders face parents, clinicians, and scientists. However, advances in our understanding of the genetics of autism spectrum disorders over the past two decades have helped to address some of these questions. This presentation will present the current understanding of the genetics of autism from a chronological perspective highlighting the advances and challenges along the way.


About Our Speaker

Raphe Bernier, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, an adjunct assistant professor of psychology, research affiliate at the Center for Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington, and faculty member in the UW Autism Center.  He received his PhD at the University of Washington, his clinical training at UCLA, and also holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Tufts University.  His research spans genetics, neural mechanisms, and behavior in autism. Currently he is the principal investigator for a number or studies focusing on identifying the genes related to autism.  Dr. Bernier’s research also focuses on neural mechanisms in autism spectrum disorders and through the use of electrophysiology he explores neural activity in response to development and specific interventions. Finally, through nationwide collaborations and independent projects at UW, Dr. Bernier’s research examines effective and accurate diagnosis and treatment. As a clinical psychologist, the author of the book Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Reference Handbook, and as the principle investigator on a number of research studies, he is actively involved in research at the intersection of genetics, the brain, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.


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Beverly J. Wilson, Ph.D.

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