Top researchers in autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental conditions are set to take part in the 12th annual UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series beginning Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Neuroimaging expert Susan Bookheimer, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at UCLA, is scheduled to give the first address from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., in Sacramento.
The title of her presentation is “Linking Genes, Brain and Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
Other speakers in the series:
* Nov. 13: James McPartland, director of the Developmental Disabilities Clinic at the Yale University Child Study Center, on “Motivated for Change: Rethinking Models of Social Brain Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
* Dec. 11: Emory University professor Stephanie Sherman on “Fragile X-Associated Disorders: A Woman’s View from the Heart of the Family.”
* Jan. 8: Massachusetts General Hospital’s Alessio Fasano on “Gut-Brain Interaction in Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Language Do They Speak, and Do They Understand Each Other?”
* Feb. 12: David Mandell of the University of Pennsylvania Perlman School of Medicine on “Context Matters: Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with Autism in Public Schools.”
* March 12: Stewart Mostofsky of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University on “Motor and Social Skill Function: Connecting Learning and Brain Function in Autism.”
The talks are free and open to the public, with no reservations required.
The MIND Institute Resource Center, specializing in information and resources relating to neurodevelopmental disorders and related conditions, is open one hour before and 30 minutes after each presentation.