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Free Webinar on Interaction of Enviornment and Genetics in Autism: October 1st
Published September 25, 2015
Oct. 1 symposium will address possible causes of new gene changes in people with autism; first in series on epigenetics of autism
The Escher Fund for Autism, Autism Speaks and the Autism Science Foundation invite you to the first in an ongoing series of free symposia on the environmental epigenetics of autism, Oct. 1st at 1 pm Eastern.
Speakers will include cell biologist Amander Clark, of the University of California, Los Angeles, and geneticist Ryan Yuen, of Toronto’s SickKids Hospital. Their talks will be followed by discussion and questions from the audience.
Both researchers and the lay public are welcome.
Dr. Clark is one of the world’s leading molecular biologists studying environmental effects on the germline in laboratory animals. Ryan Yuen published one of the first genome-sequencing studies in autism.
“This webinar is meant to start a dialogue between researchers of different disciplines and to explain to the community the scientific questions researchers are tackling,” says Alycia Halladay, chief science officer of the Autism Science Foundation. “It may raise more questions than answers, but it will be incredibly important for bringing in fresh ideas from other disciplines to address some of autism’s greatest mysteries."
“It has long been thought that the underlying cause of autism is result of an interaction between genetics and environment,” adds Mathew Pletcher, Autism Speaks’ head of genomic discovery. “While our understanding of autism genetics has seen significant advancement in the last decade, a similar understanding of environmental influences has remained more elusive. With this seminar series, we hope to bring these two fields of studies back together to inform each other and develop a more holistic view on how autism can arise.”