N1 - Neuroscience in the Clinic: Autism Myth Busters

Event Time: Sunday April 22, 2018 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Topic(s): Child Neurology and Developmental Neurology
Director(s): Shafali Jeste MD, FAAN, Sarah Spence MD, PhD
Description: Rapid advances in our understanding of the underlying neurobiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has prompted more accurate and informed diagnoses, detailed prognostication, and the development of targeted treatment trials. However, these scientific achievements often become overshadowed by community practices that lack evidence or a scientific foundation, leaving patients and caregivers uncertain about best practices. The goal of this symposium is to provide neurologists with clinically relevant scientific updates on autism spectrum disorders (ASD), in order to facilitate more informed dialogues with their patients. We will begin with a representative clinical case, followed by three presentations with paired abstracts on key topics in the autism field, including prediction and diagnostic biomarkers, clinical trials and therapeutics, and advances in genetics.
Completion Message: Participants should become familiar with insights on early signs of ASD gained from studies of infants at risk for ASD; the definition of a biomarker and an understanding of the types of biomarkers investigated in ASD; challenges around clinical trial design and implementation in ASD; evidence around pharmacological interventions for ASD and updates from clinical drug trials; and updates on autism genetics, from recommended diagnostic practices to implications for management.
CME Credits: 2
Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism

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