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Environmental Toxicology

Available Topics:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Assistive Technology
Behavior/Emotional Management
Chromosome 22q11.2 DS
Environmental Toxicology
Fragile X Syndrome
Learning Disorders
Tourette Syndrome
Transitioning to Adolescence/Adulthood

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Presenter: S. Jill James, Ph.D.

Affiliation: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Title: Oxidative Stress and the Metabolic Pathology of Autism

Date: June 9, 2010

Synopsis: Click for Abstract

Length: 1:23:42


Immunologic Abnormalities in ASD & Convergence of Genetic and Environmental Mechanisms Conferring Autism Risk

Presenters: Daniel Braunschweig, Isaac Pessah, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: April 16, 2009

Length: 1:32:00

Synopsis: Dan Braunschweig discusses the current research regarding the immune abnormalities found in children with autism and their potential correlation with the development of autism. Dr. Pessah focusses on how certain genetic markers may make the body more susceptible to certain environmental triggers which could cause developmental problems like autism.


Research Priorities Panel Discussion

Moderator: Mady Hornig, M.D., M.A.

Panel: Judy Van de Water, Ph.D., S. Jill James, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 26:50

Synopsis: A short panel discussion where each of the panel members offer their thoughts on what exactly clinicians, scientists, and researchers should be investigating when it comes to environmental toxicology in children.


The Environment and the Immune System: What is the Relationship?

Presenter: Judy Van de Water, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 43:35

Synopsis: An overview of both the nervous and immune systems and how environmental factors influence these systems.



Clinical Clues to Environmental Triggers: Lessons from the PANDAS Subgroup

Presenter: Susan Swedo, M.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 49:41

Synopsis: Dr. Swedo discusses the PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections) subgroup on the spectrum to discuss possible environmental triggers to autism.


Implications of a Redox Imbalance and Oxidative Stress in Autism

Presenter: S. Jill James, Ph.D.

Affiliation: UC Davis MIND Institute

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 47:21

Synopsis: An overview of some biochemical research reviewing three interdependent pathways of folate, methionine, and glutathione metabolism that was found to be abnormal in many children on the autistic spectrum.


The "Three Strikes" Hypothesis: How Genes, Environment and Bad Timing May Converge to Disrupt Neural Development and Function

Presenter: Mady Hornig, M.D., M.A.

Affiliation: Columbia University

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 54:56

Synopsis: Dr. Hornig discusses a hypothesis that certain genetic factors create a susceptibility to other environmental and temporal factors that could possibly lead to abnormalities in neural development.


Breaking Self Perpetuating Cycles of Disruption in Autism: Assessing and Addressing Toxic Load Issues

Presenter: John Green, M.D.

Affiliation: Clinician

Date: November 2, 2006

Length: 53:06

Synopsis: Dr. Green provides an in-depth look at the many toxins found in the environment and how a build-up of these in a body could be a primary factor in the pathogenesis of autism in children.