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As part of the Simons Foundation Lectures, the Autism: Emerging Concepts lecture series brings together scientists and scholars to discuss diverse and important topics in autism research.

The events take place in the Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium at the Simons Foundation headquarters (160 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY), and are open to the scientific community. Pre-registration is required to attend.

Watch Previous Lectures:

  • What can genetics tell us about autism spectrum disorder?

    22 March 2017

    On 22 March 2017, Stephan Sanders presented an update on the current state of genetics research in autism, highlighting some of the key findings that remain to be discovered, and discussing how these findings could ultimately benefit individuals with autism and their families. His talk was part of the Simons Foundation Autism: Emerging Concepts lecture series.

  • Exploiting genetics to identify environmental risks for autism

    22 February 2017

    On 22 February 2017, Mark Zylka described how candidate environmental risk factors for autism can be identified rationally, by pinpointing chemicals that interfere with the same molecular pathways that are affected in individuals with autism. His talk was part of the Simons Foundation Autism: Emerging Concepts lecture series.

  • Potholes and progress on the road to translational treatments in autism spectrum disorder

    25 January 2017

    On 25 January 2017, Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele outlined critical challenges to translating genomic, cellular, and animal model research into new treatments for autism spectrum disorder. His talk was part of the Simons Foundation Autism: Emerging Concepts lecture series.

  • Lecture: How immune cells help wire the brain: Implications for autism and psychiatric illness

    2 November 2016

    On 2 November 2016, Beth Stevens discussed recent work that implicates brain immune cells, called microglia, in sculpting of synaptic connections during development and their relevance to autism, schizophrenia and other brain disorders. Her talk was part of the Simons Foundation Autism: Emerging Concepts lecture series.

  • Lecture: Tuberous Sclerosis: Shedding light on the neural circuitry of autism

    5 October 2016

    On 5 October 2016, Mustafa Sahin presented an update on translational research in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. His talk was part of the Simons Foundation Autism: Emerging Concepts lecture series.