Insights into Early Brain and Behavior Development in Autism

April 07, 2015, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
3rd Floor Large Conference
Baltimore, MD 21211

5th Annual ROAR Distinguished Scholar Lecture

presented by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

The Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) is examining trajectories of brain development on neuroimaging, from 3-36 months of age, in infants at high familial risk for autism. Data to be presented demonstrate (1) brain and behavior abnormalities that occur prior to the onset of the defining features of the disorder; and, (2) dynamic brain changes that emerge concurrently with the defining features of autism. These data provide insights into the early brain-behavior mechanisms in autism, the role of genetic liability in the emergence of these brain-behavior changes and potential early biomarkers for detection of autism prior to the onset of the defining features of the disorder.

There will be a reception for Dr. Piven from 4:30 PM to 5 PM.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Piven

Dr. Joseph PivenJoseph Piven, M.D. is currently the Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology, and Director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) at the University of North Carolina. He received a medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed residencies in General, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a John Merck Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Psychiatric Genetics at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Subsequently he joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa.

At UNC, Dr. Piven currently directs an NIH-funded T32 Post-Doctoral Research Training Program in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the federally funded University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), in North Carolina and an NICHD-funded Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. He is the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded, multi-center Autism Center of Excellence (ACE), to examine early brain and behavior development in infants at high familial risk for autism. Other NIH research projects include studies of brain and behavior development in children with Fragile X Syndrome, as well as examining late life manifestations and issues in elderly individuals with autism.

This lecture is for parents and Kennedy krieger Institute professionals. 

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