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SYMPOSIA - 2004 and Prior
White Matter Imaging – October 2004
Boston Copley Marriott, Boston, MA


The Foundation has developed a particular interest in projects exploring the potential usefulness of white matter imaging for understanding autism. This Boston Club meeting was designed to explore issues such as: what kinds of new knowledge can be obtained through this technology; whether white matter imaging might enhance our ability to think about autism from the point of view of cognitive neuroscience; whether this technology might allow us to reconsider Geschwind's theory of interhemispheric communications abnormalities as an explanation for autism; and how white matter imaging might shed light on the communication impairment so characteristic of autism. The ultimate goal of this Boston Club meeting was to help the Foundation conceptualize future funding programs in this intriguing area.


White matter connectivity studies using MRI
Tom Conturo, M.D., Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine

Localization of white matter enlargement in autism and its implications
Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

In vivo visualization of neuronal connections in auditory cortex
Dae-Shik Kim, Ph.D., Boston University School of Medicine

Connectivity-based grey matter parcellation: a new approach to understanding normal and pathological brain development
Paul Matthews, M.D., University of Oxford

Functional underconnectivity in autism: Results of fMRI studies
Nancy Minshew, M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Methodological aspects of fMRI and DTI in autism
Wolfgang Richter, Ph.D., Princeton University

Neural connectivity in DS22q11.2: Implications for cognitive function and autism
Tony Simon, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Brain and behavioral studies of language impairment in autism
Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D., Boston University






Communication Aspects in Autism - March 2004
Boston Copley Marriott, Boston, MA


The Foundation has a special interest in projects related to communication skills in adults with autism. At this meeting, three Foundation grant recipients presented the results of their grants.  Professor Stephen Porges of the University of Illinois at Chicago shared data from his grant entitled, "Stimulating Social Communication Behaviors in Adults and Adolescents With Autism Using Auditory Vagal Nerve Stimulation Techniques."  Professor Alan Fogel from the University of Utah and his colleague Sally Young of the University of Wisconsin spoke about their grant entitled, "Research on Motor Issues in Autism using Feldenkrais Movement Lessons."  Dr. Andy Grayson of the Open University in London presented on his grant funded by NAAR and underwritten by the NLM Family Foundation entitled, "Facilitated Communication: A Systematic Observational Research Project Using Fine Grained Video Analysis and Eye Tracking."

Low-Level Auditory Processing in Autism
Jose Alcantara, Ph.D., University of Cambridge

Research into the Neurocognitive Aspects of Autism
Matthew Belmonte, Ph.D., University of Cambridge

Research on Motor Issues in Autism Using Feldenkrais Movement Lessons
Alan Fogel, Ph.D., University of Utah , and Sally Young

Facilitated Communication: A Systematic Observational Research Project Using Fine-Grained Video Analysis and Eye Tracking
Andy Grayson, Ph.D., The Open University

Imaging Studies of Auditory Processing
Dae-Shik Kim, Ph.D., Boston University School of Medicine

Mirror Cells in Autism: Insights into Pathophysiology and Novel Therapeutic Approaches
Alvaro
Pascual-Leone , M.D. , Ph.D., Harvard University Medical School

Stimulating Social Communication Behaviors in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Stephen Porges, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago





Language and Autism - January 2003
The NLM Family Foundation, Chestnut Hill, MA


This Boston Club meeting focused on the following questions: How does the brain create language? How can neuroscience be focused on the mental strengths of persons with autism as opposed to their deficits?


Terrence Deacon, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley

Albert Galaburda, M.D., Harvard Medical School

Ralph Maurer, M.D., University of Florida College of Medicine

Richard Nowakowski, Ph.D., UM.D.NJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Hugo Theoret, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Arthur Wingfield, Ph.D., Brandeis University






Towards a Better Autism Phenotype - December 2002
The NLM Family Foundation, Chestnut Hill, MA

Neuropathology of Autism
Margaret Bauman, M.D., Harvard Medical School

Genes and Behavior: Genes and Behavior in Congenic Mice
Lorraine Flaherty, Ph.D., Wadsworth Institute

Lateralization and Language Functions in the Brain

Albert Galaburda, M.D., Harvard Medical School

Modifying Genes and CNS Structure
Karl Herrup, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Neurophysiology of the Auditory Cortex in Autistic Children
Katherine Martien, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

Phenomic Analysis of the Dentate Gyrus: Exploiting Inbred Strains of Mice to Understand Individual Differences in the Human Brain
Richard Nowakowski, Ph.D., UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School





Rewiring the Brain - May 31, 2000
The NLM Family Foundation, Chestnut Hill, MA


Margaret Bauman, M.D., The Autism Research Foundation, Boston Medical Center

Gene Blatt, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine

Guinevere Eden, PhD, Georgetown University

Lynn Effron, Weizmann Institute of Science

Susan Folstein, M.D. New England Medical Center

Henry Markram, M.D. Weizmann Institute of Science

Tom Zeffiro, M.D., PhD, Georgetown University






Communication Opportunities for Adults with Autism - 1999
The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA


Douglas Biklen, Ph.D., Syracuse University

Janet Caputo, PT, The Institute for the Achievement of Intellectual Excellence

Marilyn Chadwick, MA CCC-SLP, Facilitated Communication Institute, Syracuse University

Shirley Cohen, Ph.D., Hunter College , C.U.N.Y

Rosemary Crossley, Ph.D., DEAL Communication Centre

Anne Donnellan, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Alan Fogel, Ph.D., University of Utah

Sheila Frick, OTR, Therapeutic Resources, Inc.

Debbie Gilmer, M.Ed., University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion

Susan Indressano, Speech Pathologist

Alan Kurtz, M.Ed., University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion

Laura Meyers, Ph.D., University of California- Los Angeles

Donna Ray-Reese, MA, MFT, Reese Movement Institute

Jane Remington-Gurney, MA, LCST, Options Communication Therapy Centre

Sally Young, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin






Language, Thought, and Communication - December 21, 1998
The NLM Family Foundation, Chestnut Hill, MA

Douglas Biklen, Ph.D., Syracuse University

Alfonso Caramazza, Ph.D., Harvard University


Ray Jackendoff, Ph.D., Brandeis University

Francoise Zurif, Educator and Clinician






Communication and Autism – 1998
The NLM Family Foundation, Chestnut Hill, MA


Inger Connery, Benhaven School

Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Larry Wood, Benhaven School






Examining the Potential of MRI for Autism Research - 1997
Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA

Doug Biklen, Ph.D., Syracuse University

Jeffrey Lewine, Ph.D., University of Utah Medical School

Clifford Saper, M.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Roberto Tuchman, M.D., Miami Children's Hospital



 
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