The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) held its annual day of learning on April 14, 2016. Videos of the speeches from the day are now available for viewing on the ASF website. Topics and speakers included:

  • “Autism Research: Where Are We Now?” — Dr. Gerald Fishbach, Simons Foundation, New York, NY
  • “Pathways to Progress: From Gene Discovery to Treatment” — Dr. Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • “Are Females Protected from Autism?” — Dr. Peter Szatmari, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • “Technologies Transforming Teaching and Learning in Autism Classrooms” — Dr. Theresa Hamlin, Center for Discovery, Monticello, NY
  • “Determining Recurrence Risk for Autism in Children of Siblings” — Dr. John Constantino, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • “Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Autism” — Dr. Alex Kolevzon, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
  • “What Can We Learn from Animal Models of Autism?” —Dr. Jacqueline Crawley, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA

If you have patients on the autism spectrum and their families are seeking additional information, ASF is a wonderful resource to share with them. The organization aims “to support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.”

Their mission statement goes on to state, “Our organization adheres to rigorous scientific standards and values. We believe that outstanding research is the greatest gift we can offer our families. Every research dollar needs to count.”

In addition to the videos from the 2016 Day of Learning, the ASF website has important information related to:

The above is not an exhaustive list, so check it out today and start sending your patients and families to this excellent source of support.

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