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Geri Dawson to Speak at Alexandria Summit

April 30, 2012

On May 3 and 4, Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geri Dawson, Ph.D., will participate as a speaker and panelist on “Understanding Neurodevelopment and Exploring New Approaches for Treatment,” as part of the Alexandria Summit – Neuroscience 2012.

An annual gathering of scientific leaders, the Alexandria Summit was created to shape future directions in life science research and development by providing an independent and interactive platform for discussion and debate among the world's foremost visionaries from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, medical, academic, financial and advocacy groups, and government agencies.

Each year, the summit focuses on a critical global healthcare challenge. This year it is engaging leaders in the field of neuroscience, with the aim of advancing novel approaches for the development of safe and cost-effective diagnostics, therapeutics and technologies for neurological disorders, including autism, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Speakers will include Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, and Tom Insel, M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health. In addition to Dr. Dawson, panelists and moderators will include neuroscientist Mark Bear, Ph.D., of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Todd Sherer, Ph.D., CEO of the Michael J Fox Foundation; Sharon Mates, Ph.D., CEO of Intra-Cellular Therapies; and Mikael Dolsten, M.D., Ph.D., president of worldwide research and development at Pfizer; among others.

The summit will be held at New York City’s Alexandria Center, a new life science park created to facilitate collaborations among preeminent scientists and industry leaders with the aim of fostering the translation of promising new life science discoveries. For more information, see the Alexandria Summit website.

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