Princeton, NJ, June 08, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Princeton University’s Reynolds Auditorium was the site of the 16th annual Eden Autism Services Princeton Lecture Series, Affecting the Research and Service Agenda. The day-long conference, which is sponsored by Eden, a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization serving individuals with autism, and hosted by Princeton University’s Department of Physics, featured keynote addresses from three individuals who have made notable contributions to autism services and research. Supported in part by the the Puzio Family Charitable Trust, the lecture included presentations by Randi J. Hagerman, M.D.; Kathryn A. McFadden, M.D.; and Brian A. Iwata, Ph.D.
Dr. Hagerman, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician and Medical Director of the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California at Davis impressed the audience of more than 150 with her presentation of Fragile X: Leading the Way to Targeted Treatments in Autism. She spoke of incredible breakthroughs in research in the detection and treatment of Fragile X Syndrome. Fragile X is a family of genetic conditions, which can impact individuals and families in various ways. These genetic conditions are related in that they are all caused by gene changes in the same gene, called the FMR1 gene.
Dr. McFadden, a developmental neuropathologist and junior faculty member in the Division of Neuropathology at the University of Pittsburgh presented Neuropathology and Genetics of Connectivity: Altered Axonal Pathfinding in ASD. Dr. McFadden touched the audience by sharing her story about her daughter with autism and how she was the driving force behind her decision to change careers and become a medical doctor. Her lecture described problems with functional connectivity in frontal structure of the brain and how brain processes are all linked.
Dr. Iwata, a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Florida and Director of the Florida Center on Self-Injury and Prader-Willi Syndrome Program presented Experimental Approaches to Behavioral Assessment. Dr. Iwata provided an extremely informative and insightful look into the many facets of self injurious behaviors which is common among those with autism as well as various other disorders.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to present three amazing speakers who have made significant contributions in the field of autism research,” said Anne Holmes, Chief Clinical Officer of Eden Autism Services. “Each year we strive to provide an informative lecture to stimulate the mind and share theories and outcomes of the latest research.”
The day concluded with a question and answer panel discussion where attendees had the opportunity to ask questions of the three speakers as well as several additional experts in the field.
Since 1975, Eden Autism Services has been improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. The not-for-profit organization counts among its programs year-round educational services, early intervention, parent training, respite care, outreach services, community-based residential services, and employment opportunities. For more information about Eden Autism Services visit www.edenautismservices.org or call (609) 987-0099.