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UTHealth to host free forum on insightful autism information on March 25 in TMC

Pauline A. Filipek, M.D.

HOUSTON – (March 21, 2017) – Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experts will discuss the latest advances in care at a free public forum sponsored by the Neuroscience Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at  Houston (UTHealth). It is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, in The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge St.

ASD is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 3 million people in the United States live with ASD.

“The hope is that at some point in the future we’ll develop new treatments for this condition that affects brain circuits,” said Jack Byrne, Ph.D., the director of the Neuroscience Research Center, the June and Virgil Waggoner Chair and the chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

The annual public forum is part of Brain Awareness Week, an international campaign organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, to increase public awareness on the progress and benefits of brain research. There will be a panel discussion followed by a question-and-answer session. The forum is titled “Autism Spectrum Disorder(s) in the Age of DSM-5.”

McGovern Medical School faculty participating in the event include:

  • Pauline A. Filipek, M.D., professor, Department of Pediatrics in the Division of Child and Adolescent Neurology; director of the LoneStar Leadership Education in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) training program; director of the Act Early Texas! She is on the medical staff of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
  • Katherine A. Loveland, Ph.D., Landmark Charities Professor in Autism Research and Treatment, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences;
  • Deborah A. Pearson, Ph.D., professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; director, Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic; associate director, Clinical Psychology Internship Program; co-director, LoneStar LEND Training Program
  • Anne B. Sereno, Ph.D., professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy; chair, Health Affairs, Faculty Advisory Council, University of Texas System; director, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Tract, UTHealth

The event is one of the largest, public neuroscience outreach events held in Houston, allowing members of the Houston community to interact with scientists and clinicians, and view demonstrations and displays related to brain function and health.

To register for the event or for more information, please visit

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