American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Advances in Autism Diagnosis and Treatment: A Public Luncheon Briefing
Specialists will discuss recent advances in autism diagnosis and treatment at a Capitol Hill luncheon briefing on Thursday, July 17, hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) through the support of the Dana Foundation.
The briefing, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 2168 of the Rayburn House Office Building, is being held in conjunction with Rep. Chaka Fattah (D- Pa.), who will make remarks.
The speakers are: -- Catherine Lord, director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University Medical Center. -- Diane Chugani, professor of pediatrics and radiology at Wayne State University and director of the Translational Imaging Laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. -- Barry Gordon, professor of neurology and cognitive science, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
Erin Heath, associate director of government relations for AAAS, will be the moderator.
According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disability that that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The global prevalence of autism has increased twenty- to thirtyfold since the first population studies were conducted in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the report said.