Advances in Autism Diagnosis and Treatment: A Public Luncheon Briefing

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MEDIA ADVISORY 
July 10, 2014

Contact:

Earl Lane

202-326-6431

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.

RSVP for the briefing at: http://events.signup4.com/autismadvances.

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The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants and educates the public about the successes and potential of brain research. www.dana.org

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