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Autism Speaks & NIEHS Organize Meeting on Data-Modeling of Gene-Environment Interactions

November 28, 2011


Autism Speaks and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) are co-organizing a meeting of leading experts to explore the best ways to harness data modeling technology in the search for environmental contributors to autism.

Bioinformatics and Computational Approaches to Integrate Genes and Environment in Autism Research” will be held Nov. 29th and 30th at the Marriott at Research Triangle Park Durham, North Carolina. The public is welcome to attend with free advance registration.

The NIMH Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) has generously arranged for live webcasting for this meeting. Click the links below for the webcasts.

November 29
November 30

Bioinformatics is the application of statistics and computer science to the field of molecular biology.

Questions to be discussed include:

* How can new understanding of autism brain biology inform and be informed by research on genetic and environmental risk factors?

* What are the key challenges and opportunities in understanding the complex causes of autism?

* How can high-tech computational tools be best used to deepen understanding of the interplay between autism’s many genetic and environmental factors?

Autism Speaks Director of Research for Environmental Sciences Alycia Halladay, PhD, will be opening the meeting with a session overview. Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, PhD, will provide an update on autism’s clinical features. Other speakers and topics include Heather Volk, PhD, MPH, of the University of Southern California, on new clues from environmental risk factor research; and Catalina Betancur, MD, PhD, from INSERM, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France, on the state of the science in autism genetics and genomics.

For a full agenda, free registration and more, please visit the meeting website here.

For more news and perspective, please visit the Autism Speaks science column and blog.