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Live - from the annual meeting

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Greg Boustead
16 September 2013

On 1 October, we broadcast a virtual roundtable, live from SFARI’s annual meeting, featuring Matthew State, Sarah Spence and Vikaas Sohal.

The panelists, fresh off a three-day marathon of presentations at the Simons Foundation’s headquarters in New York City, weighed in on some of the most important findings in autism research over the past year. Topics of debate ranged from de novo mutations to mouse reversal experiments, brain circuits and the effect of U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations on drug development.

The group, moderated by SFARI’s deputy scientific director John Spiro, also considered critical next steps for the daunting process of translating basic research into viable treatment options.

Spence cautioned against focusing on a true reversal of the disorder. State was more optimistic about the potential power of genetics to uncover convergent pathophysiology that can one day be restored. “We do ourselves a disservice by not talking about a true cure,” he said.

You can listen to a complete replay of the discussion above.

Use the comments section below to submit questions we didn’t have time to discuss during the Q&A session. And check out the SFARI Webinar Series for a listing of future broadcasts.


Press policy: This broadcast aims to facilitate the free exchange of ideas among autism researchers, including discussion of published and unpublished research, hypotheses and results. Members of the press may report information presented during this discussion only if that material has already been published elsewhere or they have first obtained express written consent from the presenter.

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