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Friday, May 6 2016

Symposium on autism, from genes to interventions

MONTRÉAL, Friday, May 6, 2016 – The CHU Sainte-Justine mother-child health research hospital, affiliated to Université de Montréal, is proud to announce the 4th International Symposium on  Autism Spectrum Disorders, which will be held on May 9th and 10th, 2016 at Centre Mont-Royal in Montréal, Quebec. The symposium will bring together Canadian and international experts and leaders under the theme of “From genes to interventions” to highlight the latest advances in the field of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the evidence-based interventions advocated in the province of Québec.

The symposium will be an opportunity to engage in discussions with clinicians, researchers, healthcare professionals, graduate and post-graduate students, fellows and families concerned over the clinical aspects of autism, genetics, imaging and translational research, which is a means to rapidly transfer newly gained knowledge into applications that benefit the patient. Participants will also discuss about the interventions they see the most fit to benefit diagnosed youth and their families in terms of approaches and timing, taking into account the currently available healthcare resources.

A cocktail reception will be held at the end of the day on May 9, followed by a conference by Josef Schovanec, who will speak about his life as a person with autism.

Program overview

30-minute presentations, each followed by a 10-minute question period

Clinical aspects of autism

  • The dialogue between complexity and parsimony in ASD
  • Autism diagnosis in girls
  • Cognitive profile and functional imaging in ASD
  • Outcome in teenagers and adults

Markers of autism and experimental trials

  • Genetic risk factors in ASD
  • Imaging sex/gender and autism
  • Experimental therapeutics in ASD
  • Lessons learned from drug development for fragile X syndrome

Translational aspects of autism research

  • Schizophrenia, autism and the neurodevelopmental continuum
  • Balancing plasticity/stability across brain development
  • From molecular mechanisms toward clinical trials
  • Tuberous sclerosis complex and ASD

Scaling evidence based early intervention in Quebec

  • Communication approaches
  • A novel framework for strengths based intervention
  • State of the science in autism trials
  • Delivery in real world settings

About the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center

CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center is a leading mother-child research institution affiliated with Université de Montréal. It brings together more than 200 research investigators, including over 90 clinician-scientists, as well as 385 graduate and postgraduate students focused on finding innovative prevention means, faster and less invasive treatments, as well as personalized approaches to medicine. The Center is part of CHU Sainte-Justine, which is the largest mother-child center in Canada and the second pediatric center in North America. More on research.chusj.org


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Source: CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center

Complete program and registration: saac.chu-sainte-justine.org


Viki Rivière
Event management advisor 
514-345-4931, ext. 4472

Media contact:

Mélanie Dallaire
Senior advisor, Communications, CHU Sainte-Justine
514 345-7707 (direct) / 514 415-5727 (pager)

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