Elise Robinson, ScDAssistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
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.
Due to inclement weather this Simons Foundation Lecture has been cancelLed.
Genetic studies of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neuropsychiatric disorders have been overwhelmingly based in the United States and Western Europe. This regional oversampling means that European ancestry is significantly over-represented in studies of autism.
In this lecture, Elise Robinson will discuss the NeuroDev project, a collaboration between the Broad Institute, the Kenyan Medical Research Institute, Oxford University and the University of Cape Town. The project aims to address regional bias, build ASD research capacity in Africa and create a research resource of international value. Over the first four years of data collection at its initial sites, NeuroDev will provide the first extensive, publicly available data set from sub-Saharan Africa on topics ranging from behavior to genetic genotyping. All data and materials collected will be donated to the NIMH. Robinson will also discuss ways in which US-based research can engage with NeuroDev.