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Research Summit on Emerging Causes of Fragile X and Autism

April 20, 2012

The Gordon Research Conference, “Fragile X and Autism-Related Disorders: From Basic Neuroscience to Improved Clinical Care,” will be held June 10 through 15, at Stonehill College, in Easton, Mass.

The Gordon Research Conferences provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research in the biological, chemical and physical sciences and their related technologies. The biennial conferences have been held for more than 75 years and rank among the world’s premier scientific meetings.

The guiding principle of a Gordon Research Conference is to encourage communication and discussion of ideas and new unpublished results at the frontier of a particular field of research. The conferences do so by bringing together outstanding scientists from academia, industry and government – ranging from Nobel laureates to doctoral students. The conferences are designed to maximize interdisciplinary discussion, idea exchange and productive collaborations. 

Chaired by Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, M.D., Ph.D., and co-chaired by Jennifer Darnell, Ph.D., the upcoming conference on fragile X and autism was initiated because of recent dramatic progress in understanding the overlapping genetic and biological pathways in these and related neurodevelopmental disorders.

“The time is ripe for a summit research meeting focused on the emerging genetic causes of autism,” says Dr. Berry-Kravis. “Fragile X syndrome represents a model for translation of information on brain mechanisms of disease to treatment trials in humans, but much work remains to be done to understand how to best design clinical trials of targeted treatments and how to measure change in core features of the disorder during such trials.”

The conference will allow a diversity of leading experts to collaborate on identifying new treatment targets in brain cells and advancing promising new treatments for fragile X syndrome, autism and related developmental cognitive disorders.

The conference organizers are now inviting basic and clinical researchers in relevant fields to submit applications to attend the meeting. Submissions can be made through the Gordon Research Conference website until May 13.