I just received this email from Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia about a presentation by Dr. Timothy Roberts, holder of the Oberkircher Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Radiology and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Radiology at CHOP, Professor of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
CHOP is presenting a lecture titled "Electrophysiological Signatures of Language Impairment in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Developmental Trajectory and Correlation with Clinical Indices" This lecture is open to families of individuals on the autism spectrum, individuals interested in ASD, and professionals supporting individuals on the autism spectrum. Act 48 credits are available for attendance. Although the title may seem intimidating to the non-medical professional don't let that dissuade you from going. As the saying goes "Knowledge is Power." The more you know the better you can advocate for your child.
As a member of a family with a child on the autism spectrum, these lectures go a long way toward helping increase your understanding of the autism spectrum. You also have a chance to meet other individuals involved in the lives of your child. Register early.
RSVP required. See contact information below.
Parking is available in the Wood Center Garage for $4. To access this garage, travel south (away from the Penn campus) on 34th St. past the main Hospital building. Make a right onto Osler Circle at the second light and proceed to the security booth. A ramp entrance to the underground Wood Center garage is on your right. Once you exit the Wood Center garage, you will see Abramson Research Center (large glass building) in front of you.
Please allow yourself 10 minutes to park and walk to the building.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Abramson Research Center
Room 123 ABC
3615 Civic Center Blvd
Contact and RSVP for reservations:
"Electrophysiological Signatures of Language Impairment in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Developmental Trajectory and Correlation with Clinical Indices"
Dr. Timothy Roberts is the holder of the Oberkircher Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Radiology and the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Radiology of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His research studies focus on how the brain of a person with autism processes sounds, words and pictures. He uses magnetoencephalography (MEG) technology to "map" the brains of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by measuring the brain's electrical activity in space and time. He is also interested in ways to improve techniques and methods in neuroradiology that enhance scientists' ability to look at the brain.
In this lecture, Dr. Roberts will present cutting edge approaches to brain imaging in ASD research. He will introduce novel technologies used in his lab, such as MEG for "brainwave scanning", and variations of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) for investigating the integrity of brain white matter and its underlying neurochemistry. The goal of this research is to use the differing sensitivities of these imaging and electrophysiologic techniques to understand the neurobiological basis of ASD. These findings will help develop biomarkers to quantify the brain traits of ASD for improved diagnosis, prognosis, future differentiation of potential therapies, and monitoring treatment efficacy. Implications for future treatment tailoring and pharmaceutical evaluation will be discussed.
This lecture is intended for families of individuals on the autism spectrum and professionals supporting individuals on the autism spectrum. We also invite anyone who is interested in learning more about ASD.
Upon completion of this lecture, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the novel brain imaging technology (MEG) for assessing brain dynamics.
- Explain the role of objective biomarkers of ASD - diagnosis, prognosis, stratification, and treatment monitoring.
- Describe the approach to neurobiological basis of ASD through multimodal imaging and electrophysiology.