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Webinar on Autism and Environmental Exposures

August 03, 2012


The Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers invites the public to join a free webinar on autism risk and environmental exposures on Wednesday, August 8, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register here.

The webinar will feature presentations by two Autism Speaks-funded researchers.

Tipping the Balance of Neural Networks with Persistent Organic Pollutants: Relevance to Autism Risk will be presented by Isaac Pessah, Ph.D., professor of toxicology and chair of molecular biosciences at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Pessah also directs the UC Davis Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention.

He will discuss models for investigating the gene-environment interactions that contribute to developmental delays and autism. Autism Speaks is currently funding Dr. Pessah’s research on how environmental exposures may affect autism risk through their effect on the immune system. (Learn more about this research project here.)

What Have We Learned about Autism and the Environment: An Epidemiologist's Perspective will be presented by Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology with the UC-Davis MIND Institute, chair of the UC-Davis Division of Environmental Health, and deputy director of the UC Davis Children’s Center or Environmental Health. Dr. Hertz-Picciotto is also a member of Autism Speaks Scientific Advisory Committee.

She will discuss how maternal nutritional and aspects of the uterine environment may influence prenatal brain development and autism risk. She will also discuss the latest research on autism risk and exposure to environmental chemicals. Learn more about Dr. Hertz-Picciotto's Autism Speaks-funded research here.

Established in 1998, the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers explores ways to reduce children's health risks from environmental factors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) jointly fund its programs. 

Autism Speaks continues to fund a wealth of research on environmental risk factors for autism. You can explore these and other funded research studies using this website’s Grant Search.