Archives: IDDRC Seminars (formerly, Autism Seminar Series)

A history of past seminars.

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2020/2021 Schedule

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

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”

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)

“Ethical Considerations in Fetal Testing and Intervention in the Context of Genetic Risk for IDD”

2019/2020 Schedule

All seminars occur from 4:00-5:30 in McDonnell Medical Sciences, Room 928.  Check back for the full list of speakers!

September 16, 2019

Jeffrey Neil (WashU Neurology)
“Using Diffusion MRI to Study Early Cortical Development”

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October 28, 2019

Ilya Monosov (WashU Dept. of Neuroscience)
“Cortical and sub-cortical mechanisms of information seeking and curiosity”

Relevant in press publication:

November 18, 2019

Tychele Turner (WashU Genetics)
“Autism through the lens of the genome”

Relevant publications:

CANCELLED (inclement weather) – December 16, 2019

Susan Perlman (WashU Psychiatry)
“Examining Interpersonal Neural Synchronization in Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Relevant publications:

January 13, 2020 – NOTE time: 4:30-5:30p

Elizabeth Berry-Kravis (Rush University)

“Gene Based Clinical Trials in Neurological Disorders of Development: Presenting 2 WU Scientific Teams in Conversation with Liz Berry-Kravis”

Craig Zaidman (WashU Neurology) “Spinal Muscular Atrophy Gene Therapies”
Patricia Dickson (WashU Pediatrics) “Aromatic l-Amino Acid Decarboxylase (AADC) Deficiency”

February 17, 2020

Corina Anastasaki (Gutmann lab, WashU Neurology)

“Neurofibromatosis type 1: a model system to study cognition, behavior and brain development”

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The remaining dates for the IDDRC Seminar Series have been cancelled. 

CANCELLED – April 20, 2020

Natasha Marrus (WashU Psychiatry)

CANCELLED – May 18, 2020

2018/2019 Schedule

Third Monday of the month
McDonnell Sciences Building, Room 928
4:00-5:30p unless noted

Note that individual events also are listed on the ONR Calendar.

For inquiries, please contact Daniel Gray (Program Manager, IDDRC).

September 17

Tamara Hershey 
WashU Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology
“Neurophenotyping a rare monogenic disorder: Lessons from Wolfram Syndrome”

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October 29 – NOTE 4:30p start

Matthew Lalli
Milbrandt and Mitra Labs, WashU Genetics
“CRANIUM – A Cas9-based platform to discover common mechanisms of rare disease genes”

related articles:

December 17

Jason Yi
WashU Dept. of Neuroscience
“Phenotypic and mechanistic insights from variant analysis of UBE3A”

related articles:

January 14

Annapurna Poduri
Harvard University
“Epilepsy Genetics: A Gateway to Mosaicism in Neurodevelopmental Disorders”

February 18

Harrison Gabel
WashU Dept. of Neuroscience

“From genetics to mechanism: understanding epigenetic disruption in autism and related disorders”

Related articles:

March 18

Gabriel Haller
Gurnett and Dobbs Lab, WashU Neurology and Orthopaedic Surgery

“High-throughput functional characterization of genetic variation in human disease”

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April 15

Laura Jansen
WashU Neurology

“Mechanistic Links Between Epilepsy and Autism in the mTORopathies”

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May 20

Flash Talks

Cynthia Ortinau (WashU Pediatrics): “Altered prenatal brain development in congenital heart disease”

Rafael Galindo (WashU Neurology): “Neuroprotective actions of gonadotropins in the injured developing brain”

Stephanie Morris (WashU Neurology): “Genotype-Phenotype Correlation in NF1-ASD”

Bhooma Aravamuthan (WashU Neurology): “Pathophysiology of dystonia after neonatal brain injury”

Zachary Vesoulis (WashU Pediatrics): “Late failure of cerebral autoregulation in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is associated with brain injury”

Jessica Chubiz (WashU Prematurity Research Center): “Prematurity Research Center (PRC) and Women & Infants Health Specimen Consortium (WIHSC) Resources”

2017/2018 Schedule

McDonnell Sciences Building, Room 928
4:30-6p unless noted

Note that individual events also are listed on the ONR Calendar.
For inquiries, please contact Daniel Gray (Program Manager, IDDRC).

September 25

NOTE: 4:00p Start Time

Pat Levitt 
Keck School of Medicine at USC
“Addressing the Biological Origins of Autism Heterogeneity”

October 16

Anna Kukekova
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“What can tame and aggressive foxes tell us about genetics of interactive social behavior?”

Related articles:

December 18

Meghan Swanson
University of North Carolina
“Learning to Talk: The Neurodevelopment of Emerging Language”

Related articles:

January 22

Nathan Kopp
Dougherty Lab, WashU Genetics
“Current and emerging approaches to understanding Williams Syndrome using human genetics and mouse models” 

Related article:

February 19

NOTE: 4:00p Start Time

Suma Jacob
University of Minnesota
“Common versus heterogeneous pathways in autism: examples from neuropeptide and phenotype studies”

March 19

Pamela Valnegri
Bonni Lab, WashU Dept. of Neuroscience
“Deregulation of Ubiquitin Signaling in Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Related article: 

2016/2017 Schedule

Monday, October 17

Claire Weichselbaum and John Constantino
WashU Psychiatry
Infant Eye Movement Links Genetic Susceptibility with Social Impairment in Autism”

Related article:

Monday, November 28

Joseph Dougherty
WashU Genetics
“Using Genetics and Gene Expression to Define Candidate Circuits for ASD and Neurogenetic Disorder”
Related article:

Monday, December 19

Kristen Kroll
WashU Developmental Biology
“Modeling Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons”

Related article: 

* Tuesday, January 17

Mike Wong
WashU Neurology
“Tuberous Sclerosis as a Model of Autism and Intellectual Disability”

Related articles:

Monday, February 20

Terra Barnes
WashU Dept. of Neuroscience
“Towards an Animal Model of Stuttering”

Monday, March 20

Mike Gaffrey
WashU Psychiatry
“Early Preventive Intervention for Autism During Infancy: An Emerging Program at WashU”

CANCELLED: Monday, April 17

Anna Kukekova
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Monday, May 15

Vitaly Klyachko
WashU Biomedical Engineering/Cell Biology & Physiology
“Presynaptic dysfunction in Fragile X syndrome” 

2015/2016 Schedule

All meetings will again be held in McDonnell Sciences Building, Room 928. 
Time: 4:30 – 6:00p unless otherwise noted
Note that individual events are listed on the Neuroscience Calendar.
For inquiries, please contact Megan Whitney.

September 21

Harrison Gabel
WUSTL Anatomy & Neurobiology
“The neuron-specific epigenome in development and disease” 

October 19

John Constantino
WUSTL Psychiatry
“Presenting the new Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at W.U. by way of example: 
A plan to tap its  diverse core structure to help elucidate the neurobiology of risk and resilience in familial autism”

Related articles: 

November 16

Anish Mitra
WUSTL Radiology
“Spontaneous infra-slow brain activity and Autism”

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Jeffery Lichtenhan
WUSTL Otolaryngology
“Strong medial olivocochlear reflexes in children with Autism are mediated by hyperacusis, not Autism per se”

December 21

Adam Eggebrecht
WUSTL Radiology
“How do we bridge genetics, brain structure and function and behavior to understand neurodevelopmental disorders?” 

 Related articles:

January 19 (Note: will be held on Tuesday, due to the holiday)

Christina Gurnett
WUSTL Neurology
“Interpretation of human gene variation with high-throughput functional analysis”

February 15

Dustin Baldridge
WUSTL Psychiatry
“An Update on Clinical Whole Exome Sequencing at Washington University: A Resource for Translational Research in Autism”  

Related articles:

March 21 

Susan Maloney
WUSTL Genetics
“Early Environmental Insult: Using genetic tools to dissect circuitry mediating long-term behavioral outcomes”

Related articles:

Sabine Mous
WUSTL Psychiatry
“Autism spectrum symptomatology in genetic neurocognitive developmental disorders: focus on Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Fragile X syndrome “
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April 18 

Andrew Yoo
WUSTL Developmental Biology
Generation of specific subtypes of human neurons by direct conversion of fibroblasts for modeling neurological diseases”

Related article:

May 16

Zohreh Talebizadeh
University of Missouri, Kansas City
“Genetics of autism: integrated approaches and thinking outside the box!”

Related articles:

2014/2015 Schedule

Saturday, Nov 15 

Dr. Barbara Warner
WUSTL Pediatrics

Related publications:

Monday, Dec 15

Dr. Jeanne Nerbonne

WUSTL Developmental Biology

Related publications:

Saturday, Jan 10 

Dr. Joseph Dougherty
WUSTL Genetics
Arising opportunities from human genetics for developing new autism models”

Related publications:

Monday, Feb 9 

Dr. Daniel Povinelli
University of Louisiana

Susan Fitzpatrick
President, James S. McDonnell Foundation
“On the ‘rise’ of autism and its early detection: experimental, societal, and ethical implications”

Related Publications:

Saturday, Mar 14 : CANCELLED

Monday, Apr 20 

Natasha Marrus
WUSTL Psychiatry

Bryan McGill
WUSTL Neurology

Related publications:

Saturday, May 9 

Ju Huang
WUSTL Anatomy & Neurobiology
“Cdh1-APC/FMRP Ubiquitin Signaling Link Drives mGluR-Dependent Synaptic Plasticity in the Mammalian Brain”

Related Publications:

Monday, June 8: CANCELLED