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Scientific Workshop Summary: Risk Factors January 18, 2008

The workshop chair, Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D. said that participants at the Risk Factor workshop began with a brief, general discussion but then divided into two groups-one that focused primarily on genetics and another that dealt with epidemiology and environmental issues. The research initiatives developed concerned topics such as: 'deep phenotyping' of relatively homogeneous groups with known risk factors/etiology for ASD; risk factors during preconception, prenatal, and perinatal periods; the interplay of genetic and environmental factors and susceptibility to these factors; developmental trajectories of ASD across the lifespan; special populations for whom an exposure(s) could provide information on ASD risk; development of better genomic databases and bioinformatics systems; and use of prevalence assessment systems to analyze time trends in ASD prevalence.

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

Risk Factors Workshop Participants

Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology University of California
Los Angeles School of Medicine
Craig Newschaffer, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics
Drexel University School of Public Health
Laura Bono
Isaac Pessah, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular Biosciences
University of California, Davis
Maja Bucan, Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics
University of Pennsylvania
Joseph Piven, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lisa Croen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
Matthew State, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Yale School of Medicine, Child Study Center
Cindy Lawler, Ph.D.
Scientific Program Director, Extramural Division
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Ezra Susser, M.D., Dr. P.H.
Professor and Chair, Epidemiology
Columbia University
David Ledbetter, Ph.D.
Human Genetics
Emory University School of Medicine
Edwin Trevathan, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, National Center on Birth Defects and
Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Eric London, M.D.
Director, Autism Treatment Research
Institute for Basic Research in
Developmental Disabilities
Christopher Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Division of Genetics, Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
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