NAAR and the Autism Tissue Program are partnering to present three free lectures focusing on the neuropathology of autism and the importance of the Autism Tissue Program that feature some of the country's leading autism researchers as well as donor families who have given the “gift of hope.”
Pittsburgh – Feb. 15, 2005
The Autism Tissue Program Lecture Series begins in Pittsburgh, PA on February 15 with a double lecture by Dr. Bernie Devlin and Dr. Nancy Minshew, of the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Devlin and Dr. Minshew will each discuss the importance of tissue donation as well as the latest findings of their research programs. In addition, Laura Walsh, who courageously gave “the gift of hope” in donating her late son Jason's brain to the Autism Tissue Program, will briefly discuss her family's experience and what the donation means to them. This event will be held from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (Thomas Detre Hall), located at 3811 O'Hara Street in Pittsburgh.
The lecture is free. To reserve your seats, please contact Beth Whitehouse at (412) 487-6851 orto register.
Great Neck, NY – March 8, 2005
The second Autism Tissue Program lecture takes place in Great Neck, NY on Tuesday, March 8 and features Dr. Isabelle Rapin of, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Rapin will discuss the importance of tissue donation and what it means for the future of research as well as review her own current research. In addition, Susan Sciametta-Hill, who gave “the gift of hope” in donating her late son Jonathan's, brain to the Autism Tissue Program, as well as Jonathan's grandparents, Jennie and Salvatore Sciametta, will share their experiences with the program. This event will be held from 7:30 – 10 p.m. at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Executive Conference Rooms 1, 2, and 3, located at 145 Community Drive in Great Neck, NY.
The lecture is free. To reserve your seats, please contact Jena Greco at (516) 327-4646 or
St. Louis – March 21, 2005
The third segment of the Autism Tissue Program Series takes place on March 21 in St. Louis, with a lecture by Dr. Judith Miles, of the University of Missouri. Dr. Miles will discuss the importance of tissue donation as well as her current research. In addition, NAAR is honored to share the heartfelt story of the Scheumbauer-McAllister family, who recently gave “the gift of hope” in donating their late daughter Bridgette's brain to the Autism Tissue Program. This event will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. at Washington University's Busch Hall (Room 100), located on the Washington University campus in St. Louis.