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.
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
|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.
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
|David Ledbetter, Ph.D.
Emory University School of Medicine
|Edwin Trevathan, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, National Center on Birth Defects and
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
|Eric London, M.D.
Director, Autism Treatment Research
Institute for Basic Research in
|Christopher Walsh, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Division of Genetics, Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School