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Scientific Workshop Summary: Biology January 15, 2008

The workshop chair, David Amaral, Ph.D., reported that the Biology workshop, which included a broad representation of scientists, first listed autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research topics and then sorted the topics into thematic areas. The workshop participants identified several high priority areas: the quantity and quality of brain/tissue; prenatal and early postnatal diagnostic biomarkers for ASD; analysis of effects of treatment/interventions on brain plasticity; realistic animal and cellular models for treatment development and testing; immune or infectious risk factors for ASD; improved brain imaging techniques for children under age three; and more biological studies of ASD in females.

Presentations of the Workshop Chairs to the Strategic Planning Workgroup (February 2008)

Biology Workshop Participants

David Amaral, Ph.D. - Chair
University of California, Davis MIND Institute
Allan Jones, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Allen Institute for Brain Science
Anthony Bailey, M.B.B.S.
Professor, Psychiatry
University of Oxford
A. Kimberley McAllister, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of California, Davis
Patrick Bolton, Ph.D., F.R.C. Psych.
Institute of Psychiatry, London
Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D
Co-founder, Open Center for Autism
Eric Courchesne, Ph.D.
Professor, Neuroscience
University of California, San Diego
Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, M.D.
Associate Professor, Neurology and Pathology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Jacqueline Crawley, Ph.D.
Chief, Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience
National Institute of Mental Health
Robert Schultz, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Autism Research
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neurology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Susan Swedo, M.D.
Chief, Pediatrics and Developmental
Neuropsychiatry Branch
National Institute of Mental Health
Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine
George Washington University
Judy Van de Water, Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Rheumatology/Allergy
University of California, Davis
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