Autism Science Foundation 5th Anniversary Day of Learning and Evening of Celebration

Apr 10 2014
America/New York
Start Date: 
April 10, 2014
Location: 
Yale Club, New York, New York
 
 
The Autism Science Foundation will celebrate the organization’s fifth anniversary with a full day of events at the Yale Club of New York City on April 10, 2014.
 
On the afternoon of April 10, ASF will host a festive luncheon, followed by the autism community’s first TED-style conference, featuring talks from NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel, Dr. David Amaral, Dr. Joseph Buxbaum, Dr. David Mandell, Dr. Paul Offit, Dr. Matt State, and other prominent scientists, as well as individuals with autism, including Paul Morris, an adult on the autism spectrum. These TED-style talks will be thoughtful, 15-minute distillations of critical issues in autism.  “This event, geared toward all stakeholders, will be our gift back to the autism community,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. “Our speakers will focus on the real issues facing families, such as gender differences in diagnosis and treatment, the value of genetics testing, the effectiveness of school-based interventions, and the challenges of finding meaningful employment.”  
 
The highlight of ASF’s anniversary celebration will be its Fifth Anniversary Gala in the evening of April 10, during which the foundation will honor two leaders in autism science: Dr. Gerald Fischbach, Chief Science Officer of the Simons Foundation, and Dr. Paul Offit, Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Autism’s False Prophets.  Dr. Richard Besser, Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News, will serve as emcee for the evening, which will feature a cocktail reception and dinner, as well as a silent auction and entertainment by teens and adults with autism, including singer Izzie Piwnicki and pianist Josh Frelich.
 
Proceeds from the day’s events will benefit ASF’s pre- and postdoctoral fellowship programs, which support early career research conducted by the nation’s most promising young autism scientists. 
 
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With any questions, please contact Casey Gold at 212-391-3913 or cgold@AutismScienceFoundation.org.