Scientific Symposium :


Scientific Symposium

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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