Autism Disorders Conference - SPARK: Returning Genetic Results at Scale in Research
As autism is a spectrum, researchers need many people with autism to participate in all types of research. Until now, only a small number of individuals and families affected by autism have ever participated in research. The SPARK autism project will provide researchers with medical and genetic information from tens of thousands of individuals and families affected by autism. These data will power important new research that aims to advance the understanding of autism and provide meaningful information and resources to participants.
The prevalence of autism has increased significantly over the past two decades. While this increase may be largely attributed to broader diagnostic criteria and an increase in overall awareness of autism, it nonetheless means there has never been a greater need to gain a better understanding of this condition that affects so many. Join Dr. Pamela Feliciano as she explains how SPARK will enable advances in genetic samples, as well as opening the doors for additional research of all types.
Pediatricians, Neurologists, Family Practice Physicians, Psychiatrists Hospitalists, Nurses, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Techs, Social Workers, Occupational and other interested healthcare professionals and members of the community.
- Discuss the scope, impact and promise of the world’s largest autism study, SPARK, and how they can contribute to this one-of-a-kind initiative to better understand the genetics of autism.
- Explain the processes and evaluate the challenges in identifying and returning autism-related results to study participants.
- Review SPARK-related genetic findings including a list of autism risk genes and copy number variants identified by SPARK which can be useful for physicians to understand in clinical practice.
- Assess promising therapeutic pathways that may be opened with genetic results from SPARK in time.
Pamela Feliciano, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, SPARKforAutism.org
Senior Scientist, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
New York, New York
Michael Alessandri, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD)
Clinical Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics
Assistant Chairman, Department of Psychology for Community Outreach and Engagement
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Pamela Feliciano, Ph.D., faculty for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose, and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.
Michael Alessandri, Ph.D., moderator for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose, and has indicated that the discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.
Other non-faculty contributors involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
*Ineligible Companies - Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
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