Autism conference brings families the latest in research

While there is no cure for autism spectrum disorders, researchers and clinicians are constantly working to find better ways to treat and diagnose this complex set of disorders. From 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, autism experts from the University of Rochester and Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) will hold a conference to share the work they’re doing to improve the lives of children with autism and their families.

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will focus on research going on at the University of Rochester, as well as collaborative work with other institutions, through partnerships like the Autism Treatment Network (ATN).

This event will take place in Helen Wood Hall’s nursing auditorium, which is located at 255 Crittenden Blvd.,  Rochester. Attendees can park in the Saunders Research Building Lot. The first 75 who register will receive free parking.

Speakers include Susan Hyman, M.D.; Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.; Tristram Smith, Ph.D.; Laura Silverman, Ph.D.; Lynn Cole, P.N.P.; Patricia Stewart, Ph.D.; Chris Stodgell, Ph.D., and Heidi Connolly, M.D. and members of the ATN Family Advisory Committee. The conference is funded through a grant by the Autism Treatment Network (made possible, thanks to the Health Resources and Service Administration and Autism Speaks) with contributions by UNYFEAT (Upstate New York Families for Effective Autism Treatment).

Please call (585) 275-7701 by Thursday, June 7, to register.

Last year, Golisano Children’s Hospital launched a $100 million campaign to build a new hospital and enhance specific programs, such as our autism spectrum disorders program. With autism prevalence rates having jumped up to 1 in 88 children in the United States this year (1 in 54 boys), we have to continue to improve our services to children and our partnerships in the community to address the needs of affected children and their families. This conference aims to help families better understand current research so they can advocate for their children and to learn how to participate in studies.

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