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Webinar on Environmental Risk Factors for Autism

Date Published: 
February 6, 2018

You're invited to an online seminar about the environmental risk factors for autism, with Dr. Craig Newschaffer, an epidemiologist at Drexel University and founding director of the A. J. Drexel Autism Institute. The free, one-hour event will be held Feb. 28 at noon Eastern Time.


About the Webinar

Title: Four Things to Know about Environmental Autism Risk Factors

Description: The four things are: 1) they do contribute to causing autism; 2) they are challenging for scientists to discover and confirm; 3) the amount of increased risk any one factor conveys is likely quite small; and 4) the overall impact in the population is still quite large. Along the way the meaning of "environmental" risk will be explained, evidence-supported risk factors will be very briefly reviewed, and implications for families will be highlighted.

Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at 12 p.m. EST, 9 a.m. PST, 17:00 UTC.

Registration: Visit the Webinar Registration Page. This free event is sponsored by SPARK for Autism and the Simons Simplex Community@Interactive Autism Network.

About the Presenter

Craig Newschaffer, PhD, is a professor in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics, and associate dean for research, at the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia. He is founding director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. The institute is the first research organization built around a public health science approach to understanding and addressing the challenges of autism. Among other things, its mission is to discover, develop, and promote approaches that will improve the quality of life for individuals with autism of all ages.

Dr. Newschaffer, a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, has been principal investigator on many federally funded autism epidemiology initiatives, including an NIH Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) focused on prenatal autism risk factors. He has served on the U.S. Department of Defense Autism Research Program Integration Panel, the Autism Speaks Science Advisory Board, and, on multiple occasions, the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Research expert review group. He was past vice president of the International Society for Autism Research and is associate editor of the journal Autism Research.

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