The IDDRC Seminars for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research, formerly the Autism Seminar series, brings in WashU faculty and other experts across disciplines whose research has particular implications for interventions in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Each lecture lasts about 45 minutes, with the remaining 45 minutes allotted to interactions and discussion with attendees. Appetizers and drinks are provided. Speaker information and reading materials for preparation of each series will be sent out in the weeks leading up to each session. If you would like to be added to a distribution list for these events, e-mail

The IDDRC Seminars for Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research is brought to you by the Department of Neuroscience and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC).

2020/2021 Schedule

Fall 2020 Schedule

October 12, 2020 

Kevin Pelphrey (University of Virginia)

“Toward Precision Medicine for Autism(s)”

November 9, 2020 

Linda Richards (WashU Dept. of Neuroscience/University of Queensland)

“Wiring the brain for function”

December 14, 2020 

Kelly Botteron (WashU Psychiatry)

“MRI based exploration of Early Brain Development in Infants with Down Syndrome: Comparison with Other Developmental Disabilities”

The seminars will be offered via Zoom webinar and have the same link throughout the 2020/2021 series. Contact Daniel Gray with any questions.

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January 11, 2021 

Brian O’Roak (Oregon Health & Science University)

“Genomic Approaches for Understanding Autism”

Mini Series: Toward advances in IDD treatment through maternal-fetal medicine

January 25, 2021

Gregor Kasprian (Medical University of Vienna)

“Fetal MRI in IDD” 

February 8, 2021 

Ritsuko Pooh (CRIFM Clinical Research Institute of Fetal Medicine Pooh Maternity Clinic, Osaka, Japan)

“Fetal Sonographic Neuroimaging in IDD”

March 8, 2021

Tania Attie-Bitach (Hospital Necker-Enfants Malades and Université Paris Descartes)

“Fetal Pathology in Monogenic IDD Syndromes”

April 12, 2021

Ebony Boyce Carter, Michael Bebbington (WashU Obstetrics/Gynecology)

“A Pregnancy Lifecourse Approach to Childhood Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: The Role of Fetal Surgery”

May 10, 2021

Marsha Michi (Case Western University)
James DuBois (WashU Bioethics Research Centre)

“The Ethics of Fetal Intervention in the Context of Genetic Risk for IDD”