Autism Summit Today at University of California Davis
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) - Bringing together the research prowess of the University of California to address the increase in autism incidence, its public health impacts, and the need to speed the development of treatments for affected individuals and their families, internationally respected scientists from UC campuses at Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Davis will converge at the UC Davis MIND Institute for a daylong summit on innovative translational neurodevelopmental research.
An initiative of the UC Office of the President, the University of California Summit on Translational Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. The summit will include a presentation via video conference on "Pressing Issues for a Translational Science of Autism Spectrum Disorder" by Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Participation in the summit is by invitation only.
"The increase in autism spectrum disorder cases has exceeded the capacity of public and private organizations to provide effective health care, education and treatment to affected families," said Leonard Abbeduto, Vismara-Tsakopoulos Endowed Chair and director of the MIND Institute.
"We must develop new, more effective strategies for treatment and prevention that are informed by a deeper understanding of the etiology, mechanisms and manifestations of the disorder."
Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong developmental condition with a constellation of symptoms that affect social interactions, behavior and the ability to think, learn and problem solve. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children born today will develop the disability, whose incidence has increased by more than 600 percent during the past two decades. More than 350,000 Californians live with autism today.
As one of the world's largest and most prestigious research institutions, the University of California is uniquely positioned to address the mysteries surrounding autism, because of its resources and unrivaled expertise in autism science and health-care delivery. The campuses participating in the summit are those with interdisciplinary autism research programs, integrated health-care systems, and programs that train pediatric health-care professionals. Other UC campuses will participate in follow-up meetings.
The summit also is endorsed by BRAID (Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development), the unique consortium of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded translational science centers across the UC health centers.
. UC Irvine - Home to the Center for Autism Research and Translation (CART) and the clinical enterprise, The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, a collaborative of academic, governmental and community institutions in Orange County, Calif.
. UCLA - Home to the Center for Autism Research and Treatment, located in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, as well as an NIH Autism Center of Excellence and two NIMH-funded Autism Centers of Excellence.
. UC San Diego - Home to the Autism Discovery Institute, the Beyster Center for Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Diseases, the Center for Brain Development, and the . UCSD Autism Center of Excellence.
. UC San Francisco - Home to the UCSF Autism and Neurodevelopment Program.
. UC Davis - Home to the MIND Institute, a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)-designated Intellectual and Developmental Disabilites Research Center and an Autism Center of Excellence.
The University of California includes some of the world's leading autism researchers and clinicians in the domains of:
. Genetic risk factors
. Environmental risk factors
. Diagnosis, symptoms, and developmental trajectories
. Treatment, pharmacology and services
. Research infrastructure and biorepositories
The summit is the first step toward an ongoing collaboration that will include a coordinated approach to UC autism research, including multi-campus investigations, a system-wide strategic plan, and a series of statewide autism forums that will bring together policymakers, care providers, researchers and the advocacy community, to discuss translating research into improved services for children and adults with autism.
"We are committed to develop a specific action plan for transformative research," said Dan Cooper, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at UC Irvine. "The summit is designed to harness the unique basic science and translational research talent across the UC system in a way that will profoundly benefit children and adults with autism and related disorders."
At the UC Davis MIND Institute, world-renowned scientists engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary research to find the causes of and develop treatments and cures for autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), fragile X syndrome, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, Down syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders. For more information, visit http://mindinstitute.ucdavis.edu
Print This Article
Placer County News HeadlinesHeartstoppers Haunted House ReturnsYou will be scared out of your wits for a good cause this October as the Heartstoppers Haunted House returns to the former Mine Shaft venue
Sierra College CACT Training October 8 & 22 Employees can learn Practical Problem Solving skills at the October 8 & 22 training conducted by Sierra College Center of Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT ) with the Continuous Improvement Network
Governor Brown Signs New Gun Control Bill Into LawCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the "Gun Violence Restraining Order (AB 1014)" that will allow family members or law enforcement to petition a court to remove firearms from someone temporarily
Placer County Tourism Gets Boost Placer County organizations team up to promote tourism in the region.
Want to Buy a Home and Need a Rich Uncle?Mortgage Alternative Program (MAP)- Julie Jalone of MagnumOne Realty in Roseville writes about new program to help get families who can't currently qualify for a mortgage into homes of their choice and on the road to homeownership.
U.S. HealthWorks Offers Onsite Flu Shots U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, a leading operator of occupational healthcare and urgent care centers in the nation, said today it is offering to visit businesses on-site and provide flu vaccination shots
Roseville Police Bust Nets $40,000 Cash, Guns and MethRoseville narcotics detectives suspected that Joshua Holmboe was both selling illegal drugs directly to users and also supplying lower-level drug dealers, and that some of those drugs were then being sold and used in Roseville.
Governor Brown Signs Bill to Help Disabled VeteransLegislation sponsored by George Runner to protect California's disabled veterans has become law. Senate Bill 1113, authored by Senator Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley),
Roseville Chamber Events October 2014Roseville, CA -- The Roseville Chamber of Commerce featured events for the month of October 2014.
Sacramento Area Gas Prices Down AgainAverage retail gasoline prices in Sacramento have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.61/g yesterday, according to
Nontraditional Employment for Women Event in RocklinSierra College seeks sponsors for the second Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) event on October 17
$160,000 for Scholarships Raised at WJU Anniversary GalaJessup's Gala Honored 75th Anniversary and those who brought the Growing University to Placer County