“Relating Neuroimaging Biomarkers to Inherited Risk in Autism”
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The Developmental Neuroimaging group meets each week on Wednesdays at 9am.
Abstract: In early childhood, behaviors associated with the incipient ASD phenotype are heritable and continuously distributed in the general population. Sub-clinical ASD-related impairments are known to exacerbate other neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions of childhood.
In this talk, Dr. Constantino will discuss implications of new understandings of the genetic and epigenetic structure of ASD for imaging biomarker discovery. Dr. Eggebrecht will discuss recent work on how variation in brain function relates to variation in female carrier status of familial risk for ASD. Dr. Eggebrecht will also briefly discuss recent advances in brain imaging technology that may enable more precise and focused investigations of brain and behavioral trait assessment in awake and engaged infants and toddlers at risk for developing ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
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