Distinguished Lecturer Series

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Series is now in its 15th season of public lectures by nationally and internationally-recognized researchers in neurodevelopmental disorders.  These monthly presentations (October 2017 - June 2018) are intended for both specialists and community members. All lectures start at 4:30pm and end by 6pm. All lectures are free and open to the public and no reservations are necessary (seating is limited).  For more information about the Distinguished Lecturer Series, call us at 916-703-0237.

2017-2018 Distinguished Lecturer Series

December 13, 2017

Joey Travolta

Lights, Camera, Independence

Presenter: Joey Travolta

Affiliation: Actor, Producer, Director, and Screenwriter »

Synopsis: Travolta BioAbstract »


January 10, 2018

Edwin Cook, Jr., M.D.

Translating the complex genetics of autism

Presenter: Edwin Cook, Jr., M.D.

Affiliation: University of Illinois at Chicago »

Synopsis: Cook BioAbstract »


February 14, 2018

Alison Singer

Autism from generation to generation

Presenter: Alison Singer

Affiliation: Autism Science Foundation »

Synopsis: Singer BioAbstract »


March 14, 2018

Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D.

Early intervention and brain plasticity in autism

Presenter: Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Duke University »

Synopsis: Dawson BioAbstract »


April 11, 2018

Ralph Adolphs, Ph.D.

The human amygdala and social behavior

Presenter: Ralph Adolphs, Ph.D.

Affiliation: Caltech Brain Imaging Center »

Synopsis: Adolphs BioAbstract »


May 16, 2018

Mary Coleman, M.D.

Autism at 75: How it has changed and what we have learned

Presenter: Mary Coleman, M.D.

Affiliation: Georgetown University School of Medicine

Synopsis: Coleman BioAbstract »


June 13, 2018

Francesca Happe, Ph.D.

Why study the mind if genes cause autism?

Presenter: Francesca Happe, Ph.D.

Affiliation: King’s College, London »

Synopsis: Happe BioAbstract »