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Towards Identifying the Pathophysiology of Autistic Syndromes
Organizer(s): Joseph Piven and Pat Levitt
Date: February 24 - 28, 2008
Location: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Supported by the Director's Fund
Summary of Meeting:
Autism is a common and highly heritable, neurodevelopmental disorder defined by the co-occurrence of three characteristic, behavioral features: (1) deficits in social interactions, (2) abnormalities in verbal and non-verbal communication, and (3) highly restricted interests and repetitive behaviors. The developmental etiology and specific pathogenetic mechanisms underlying autism are unknown, but the pathophysiology that underlies a small subset of etiologically-defined, rarer neurodevelopmental disorders, thought to be associated with autism and autistic behaviors—e.g., Fragile X Syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome and Rett Syndrome—have been well-described, yet there is disproportionately little research on these conditions as models for understanding autism. Accumulating data suggest that an underlying pathophysiology in the development of brain connectivity may be the point of convergence across all of these disorders. This conference brings together a unique group of clinical and basic scientists to examine what is known about the genetic and neurobiological underpinnings of this subset of disorders as a starting point for identifying the pathophysiological basis of autism.
Scholarship Deadline: October 24 2007
Discounted Abstract Deadline: October 24 2007
Abstract Deadline: November 26 2007
Discounted Registration Deadline: December 26 2007
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
International Rett Syndrome Foundation
We appreciate the organizations that provide Keystone Symposia with additional support, such as marketing and advertising:
Organization for Autism Research
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Grant No. 1R13MH082458-01
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Special thanks to the following for their support of Keystone Symposia initiatives to increase participation at this meeting by scientists from underrepresented backgrounds:

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