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Scientific Symposium 2014

On June 23 – 24, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario, Autism Canada, the Autism Research Institute and NeuroDevNet co-hosted the Scientific Symposium 2014, Examining a Multi-Systems Approach to Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research. This two day workshop brought several leading autism researchers and clinicians together to gain a greater understanding of the scope of disciplines that relate to the study of autism, to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations for current and future autism research and to identify the research pathways with the greatest potential for significant discoveries.

We are pleased to bring you presentations from the Scientific Symposium 2014 Examining a Multi-Systems Approach to Autism and the Environment.

Stephen Scherer, PhD

Autism Spectrum Disorders: So many genes involved

Judy Van de Water, PhD

Immune dysfunction in ASD: Thinking outside the brain

Richard Frye, MD, PhD

Adaptive Changes in Mitochondrial Function Associated with Autism

Staci D. Bilbo, PhD

The immune system and neural development: implications for neurodevelopmental disorders

Alessio Fasano, MD

ASD and Gut Permeability: A serendipitous association or a planned design?

Bruce Lanphear, MD

Excavating Environmental Risk Factors for Autism: Suspects and Strategies

Emma Allen-Vercoe, PhD

The gut microbiota and why it is important in ASD

Manuel Casanova, MD

Heterochronic germinal cell divisions and abnormalities of migration of in autism



Scientific Symposium 2012

On August 7, 2012, Autism Canada and the Autism Research Institute co-hosted the Scientific Symposium 2012, Exploring the Gut Brain Connection in Autism, in Toronto to explore the potential role of infectious agents in autism phenotypes. Experts from several diverse disciplines met to discuss the growing evidence for microbiological etiology in certain forms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. If infectious agents can be shown to play an important role in the etiology of autism, this offers an exciting and tangible opportunity for development of novel diagnostics, therapies, and preventive measures.

We are pleased to bring you the presentations from the Scientific Symposium 2012 Exploring the Gut Brain Connection in Autism.

Sydney M. Finegold, M.D.

Microbiology of Regressive Autism
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Emma Allen-Vercoe, Ph.D.

A New Paradigm in Medicine: Microbial Ecosystems Therapeutics
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Derrick MacFabe, M.D.

The Propionic Acid Rodent Model of Autism – Are Short Chain Fatty Acid Fermentation Products of Enteric Infections Possible Environmental Factors?
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Richard E. Frye, M.D., Ph.D.

Fatty Acid Abnormalities in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Parallel Abnormalities Found in the Propionic Acid Rodent Model of ASD
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We are encouraged by the recent studies in this field and continue to promote further research into the gut brain connection in autism. Our belief is autism is a whole body disorder not just a brain disorder. Recognition of this notion addresses many factors ignored and dismissed through other philosophies and provides not only better outcomes, but hope though better understanding and support.

We recommend you download and read the following papers:

Finegold et al, 2012 - Microbiology of Autism
MacFabe 2012 Review - Enteric Short Chain Fatty Acids in Autism
Rossignol and Frye, 2011- Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism
MacFabe, Frye & Melnyk, 2013- Acylcarnitine abnormalities in Autism
Petrof , Claud, Gloor & Allen-Vercoe, 2013- Microbial Systems Therapeutics

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