July 26, 2011
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST
Office Hour with Dr. Jennifer Pinto-Martin
Viola MacInnes / Independence Professor of Nursing, Interim Chair, Biobehavioral and Health Sciences Division
Autism Spectrum Disorders: What do we know? What are we investigating?
Over the past 20 years, the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased markedly, spurring increased attention, speculation and research about the cause. Significant media attention has been given to recently published data on the disorder’s genetic heritability, non-genetic risk factors, and risks associated with SSRI’s, one group of commonly used antidepressant medications (see below for links to recent articles in Time and The New York Times), all of which confirms that both genes and environment matter. Join Penn Nursing’s Dr. Jennifer Pinto-Martin as she leads a timely discussion reviewing what is known about the causes of ASD and ongoing studies, including her CDC funded Study to Explore Early Development (SEED).