Autism Research lectures are open to the public and are held at the Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium at the Simons Foundation headquarters in New York City. Tea is served prior to each lecture.
In this lecture, David G. Amaral will present neuroimaging data acquired through the University of California, Davis MIND Institute’s Autism Phenome Project. Young children (aged 2 to 3 and a half years old) are recruited into this longitudinal project and MRI scans are acquired annually. Results will be presented supporting the concept that there are different types of altered brain development in different children with autism. Amaral will also discuss neuroimaging studies of infant siblings of children with autism that provide evidence for abnormal brain growth that may contribute to early biomarkers of autism.