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Scientific Workshop Summary: Diagnosis January 17, 2008

The workshop chair, Catherine Lord, Ph.D., stated that the Diagnosis workshop focused on epidemiology, screening, diagnosis, and behavioral aspects of the ASD phenotype. She described that the research opportunities generated ranged from quick and efficient diagnostic screening to detailed characterization of ASD, particularly as it relates to biological and genetic factors. In addition, the group highlighted the need for community-based studies among minority and low-income populations. The need to add epidemiologic approaches whenever possible was emphasized. There was substantial overlap between some of the opportunities generated by the Diagnosis workshop and other scientific workshops.

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

Diagnosis Workshop Participants

Catherine Lord, Ph.D. - Chair
Director, University of Michigan Autism and
Communication Disorders Center
University of Michigan
Karen Pierce, Ph.D.
Autism Research Laboratory and
Department of Neurosciences
University of California at San Diego
Tony Charman, Ph.D.
Professor, Institute of Child Health
University College London
Catherine Rice, Ph.D.
National Center on Birth Defects and
Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
John Constantino, M.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Washington University School of Medicine
Paul Shattuck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Washington University, St. Louis
Vicky Debold, Ph.D., R.N.
Board of Directors
Coalition for SafeMinds
Christopher Smith, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Southwest Autism Research and
Resource Center
Wolf Dunaway Peter Szatmari, M.D.
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
McMaster University
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
President and Chair, Scientific Council
Organization for Autism Research
Edwin Trevathan, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, National Center on Birth Defects
and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Yvette Janvier, M.D.
Medical Director
Children's Specialized Hospital
Fred Volkmar, M.D.
Director, Child Study Center
Yale University
Peter Mundy, Ph.D.
Copps Professor of Neurodevelopment Disorder
and Education
University of California, Davis
Craig Newschaffer, Ph.D.
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics
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