ASF Day of Learning and Evening of Celebration

The Autism Science Foundation is excited to announce plans for its second annual Day of Learning & Evening of Celebration; a full day of events to take place on April 22, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club.

On the afternoon of April 22, ASF will host a festive luncheon, followed by the autism community’s second annual TED-style science conference, featuring talks from Former First Lady and Mental Health Advocate Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel, Dr. Matt State (UCSF), Dr. Marsha Mailick (Univ of Wisconsin), Dr. Kevin Pelphrey (Yale), and PBS/NOVA Executive Producer Paula Apsell.  These TED-style talks will be thoughtful, 15-minute distillations of critical issues in autism and mental health.  “This event was such a huge success last year that we couldn’t wait to plan it again,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. “Our speakers will focus on the real issues facing families, such as gender differences in diagnosis and treatment, genetic testing, adult outcomes, caring for the caregivers, the effectiveness of workplace interventions, and the challenges of communicating science to the public.

That evening ASF will host its annual fundraising gala, during which the foundation will honor three leaders in autism science: Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will receive the Distinguished Scientist Award; Gregg and Lori Ireland will receive the Distinguished Advocate Award; and the Media Impact Award will be presented to PBS, NOVA, Tangled Bank Studios and Genepool Productions for its documentary “Vaccines- Calling the Shots.”  Dr. Richard Besser, Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News, will serve as emcee for the evening, which will feature a cocktail reception and dinner.  The evening will also include a silent auction and entertainment by teens and adults with autism, including Philadelphia-based musician Tommy Bak.

Proceeds from the day’s events will benefit ASF’s pre- and post- doctoral autism fellowship programs, which support early career research conducted by the nation’s most promising young autism scientists. 

For sponsorship information, contact Casey Gold at 212-391-3913 or cgold@AutismScienceFoundation.org.

Registration for the Day of Learning will open at the end of January.

 

About the Autism Science Foundation

 

About the Day of Learning and Evening of Celebration

The Autism Science Foundation hosted the autism community's first
TED-style talks at last year's Day of Learning.

Dr. Tom Insel: From Four Kingdoms to One Community for Autism

Dr. Cathy Rice: Who has Autism? From Person to Population

Dr. Ami Klin: Do We Finally Have an Autism Diagnostic Biomarker?

Dr. David Amaral: Why it Takes Brains to Solve Autism

Paul Morris: Growing Up with Autism

Dr. David Mandell: Why Autism Interventions Fail in School

Dr. Joseph Buxbaum: Why are Fewer Females than Males Diagnosed with Autism?

 

Dr. Tom Insel: From Four Kingdoms to One Community for Autism
Dr. Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health looks at autism as an illness, an injury, an insight, and as an identity, and calls us all to act as a community.

 

Dr. Cathy Rice: Who has Autism? From Person to Population
Dr. Rice of the CDC speaks on how the way we understand autism has changed greatly over the years. She also talks about the CDC's announcement that 1 in 68 children now has autism.

 

Dr. Ami Klin: Do We Finally Have an Autism Diagnostic Biomarker?
Dr. Klin, Professor and Chief of the Division of Autism and Developmental Disorders at Emory University School of Medicine and Director of the Marcus Autism Center, says that we can find sings of autism in babies as young as two months old, even though we don't see clinical signs of autism until much later. 

 

Dr. David Amaral: Why it Takes Brains to Solve Autism
Dr. Amaral of the University of California, Davis and Director of Autism BrainNet, explains why the future of autism research depends on brain tissue donations.

 

Paul Morris: Growing Up with Autism
Paul Morris, a 26-year-old adult with high-functioning autism, talks about his life and the struggles and triumphs he has experienced. 

 

Dr. David Mandell: Why Autism Interventions Fail in School
Dr. David Mandell, Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, says it's not enough to train teachers in intervention programs; we have to support and reward these teachers.

 

Dr. Joseph Buxbaum: Why are Fewer Females than Males Diagnosed with Autism?
Dr. Buxbaum, Director of the Seaver Autism Center, speaks about how girls have protective genes that require a greater hit to show symptoms of autism.

 

Dr. Paul Offit: Is Alternative Medicine Really an Alternative?
Dr. Paul Offit,Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, says you must be careful because alternative medicine is an unregulated industry.