CB 399: Autism: Searching for a Cause and a Cure Fall 2009

Intellectual Unit:

Autism: Searching for a Cause and a Cure

Course Lecturers: Carolyn Bridgemohan, Michael Greenberg and Christopher A. Walsh

Curriculum Fellow: Dr. Johanna Gutlerner

Autism is a developmental disorder that is often diagnosed within the first 3 years of life. Autistic individuals have problems communicating and interacting with others. Autism is a ‘spectrum disorder’, meaning that each affected individual has varying severity and varying presentation of symptoms. In 2007, the CDC reported that 1 in 150 children has some form of autism. Although there is much evidence for genetic etiologies for autism, the specific etiology for an individual may be difficult to determine. Currently there is no cure for autism, but many treatment programs exist with varying success. In this nanocourse, lecturers will discuss the neurological and genetic basis of the disorder, in an effort to develop improved diagnosis and treatment of the condition. A clinical discussion of autism, as an effort to de-mystify the condition for basic science researchers, will be highlighted.

First Meeting: Thursday, November 5th, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Goldenson 122

Second Meeting: Monday, November 9th, 10 – 12:30 p.m.

Location: TMEC Bldg., Room 250

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