NEWS | May 8, 2014

From Genes to Biology in Autism Spectrum Disorder topic of next MIND Institute lecture


Recent progress in understanding genetic risk of autism spectrum disorder and next steps toward a better comprehension of the genetic processes underlying autism and other disabilities with social components is the topic of the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

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The lecture, “From Genes to Biology in Autism Spectrum Disorder,” will be delivered on Wednesday, May 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. The event is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

The lecturer will be Matthew W. State, a leading child psychiatrist and internationally recognized expert on the genetics and genomics of autism, Tourette syndrome and other neurodevelopmental  disorders.

State’s research focuses on the relationship between genetic mutations and childhood neuropsychiatric disorders. The past several years have ushered in a new era in the genetics of autism, with the rise of new genomic technologies, more laboratories sharing resources and increasing participation in clinical research.

Dozens of areas of the human genome and specific genes have been identified as significant risk factors for autism, as well as a range of other neurodevelopmental disorders. State’s lecture will offer a review of these as well as a fuller discussion of the current understanding of the processes that underlie social disability.

State is the Oberndorf Family Distinguished Professor in Psychiatry, director of Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at UCSF and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco. In 2013 he was awarded the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the Brain Behavior Research Foundation.

The MIND Institute Resource Center, specializing in information and resources relating to neurodevelopmental disorders and related conditions, is open one hour before and 30 minutes after each Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where families, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers work together toward a common goal: researching causes, treatments and eventual preventions and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome. More information about the institute and its Distinguished Lecturer Series, including previous presentations in this series, is available on the Web at