SEMINAR: Personalized Medicine in Autism Spectrum Disorders: From the Bench to the Bedside

Dr. Gregory Barnes
When Oct 05, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Shumaker Research Bldg, RM 139
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Contact Phone 852-7485
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Abstract: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the most common pediatric neurobiological disorder whose patients suffer communication and social skill deficits, repetitive behaviors, and sensory symptoms. The current gold standard for ASD diagnosis is multiple subjective physician and developmental psychology examinations which can be spread over years. The development of new comprehensive technology that depends on anatomical, genomic, and/or behavior biomarkers is urgently needed to allow for a definitive objective earlier diagnosis of ASD. This seminar will describe information from “The Big Data in Autism project,” funded by the UL 21st Century Initiative, using new computational models and new state-of-the-art machine learning approaches to analyze and integrate multiple data types to identify neural circuits that 1) aid clinicians in the identification of patients at high risk for ASD, 2) predict clinical manifestations of the disorder, and 3) identify potential personalized treatment options. 

Speaker:  Gregory Barnes, M.D., Ph.D., is the inaugural permanent director of the University of Louisville Autism Center. Dr.  Barnes comes to UofL from Vanderbilt University. Dr Barnes also hold the Spafford Ackerly Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and faculty positions in the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics. He is a national leader in providing care for people who are affected by autism. His research focuses on potential genetic influences into the development of ASD and epilepsy and how these factors contribute to outcomes and potential new treatments. Dr Barnes, UL associate professor of neurology and pediatrics, has held academic appointments at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Harvard Medical School, Duke University Medical School, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Vanderbilt School of Medicine. He earned his bachelor of science degree in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University before earning his PhD (biochemistry) and MD from the University of Kentucky. 

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