Wednesday, March 5 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) represent a common spectrum of developmental disabilities, sharing deficits in social interactions, communication and restricted interests or repetitive behaviors with difficult transitions. In this symposium, we’ll review the history of the identification and classification of autism and the origin of the now widely-debunked autism/vaccine hypothesis.
The evidence that autism is fundamentally a genetic disease is predominant. Interactions between multiple genes cause "idiopathic" autism but epigenetic factors and exposure to environmental modifiers may contribute to variable expression of autism and sensory disorder related traits.
To be announced.