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Advances in Autism Diagnosis and Treatment

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Advances in Autism Diagnosis and Treatment

A Public Luncheon Briefing

Hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Through the Support of the Dana Foundation

In Conjunction with Rep. Chaka Fattah


Thursday, July 17, 2014

12:00-1:30 p.m.

2168 Rayburn House Office Building


About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, according to recent CDC estimates, and the global prevalence of autism has increased 20- to 30-fold since the earliest epidemiologic studies of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Clearly, the number of individuals diagnosed with autism has gone up significantly, though the reasons aren’t entirely clear. Come to hear the latest science on autism diagnosis and treatment, and hear about one family’s experiences with autism.



Catherine Lord, Ph.D., 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, Ph.D., Director of the Autism Center, Chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Director of the Translational Imaging Lab, Children’s Hospital of Michigan; Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Therapeutic Cognitive Neuroscience Professor, Director of the Cognitive/Neurology Neuropsychology Division of the Department of Neurology, Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Renee Gordon, Attorney, Small Business Administration

Remarks: The Honorable Chaka Fattah, D-PA

Moderator: Dr. Alan Leshner, CEO, AAAS


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AAAS is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Since it was founded in 1848, AAAS has been dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge for the good of society as a whole.

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.