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"Autism 2014"
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): The Year in Review

Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium at UCLA
Los Angeles, California
January 31, 2014 to January 31, 2014

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Course Description

This full-day symposium is for physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, other health professionals, teachers, autism service providers, and any others interested in learning about the latest breakthroughs in research and treatment in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Nationally-renowned UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) faculty (including Drs. Dan Geschwind, Susan Bookheimer, James McCracken and CART Pilot Grant investigator Dr. Beate Ritz) will participate as key speakers and discussants. The presentations will provide an update of the latest scientific findings of the epidemiology, etiological factors, underlying neurobehavioral mechanisms, and gene-environment interactions for ASD. Biomarkers for early identification and assessment of intervention outcomes, implications of the 2013 revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) definition of autism for diagnosis and practice, and optimal treatment planning including behavioral interventions and medications also will be reviewed. This continuing education symposium is designed to equip community practitioners so that they can apply the most effective “best practices” for assessment and treatment to families, children and young adults with ASD.

Registration Information


Enrollment in this seminar is limited, so we suggest you enroll early.


To enroll click here

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
"Autism 2014"
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512


Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Registration Fee

Registration fee includes course materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments at breaks.

  • $175 - MD, PhD, PsyD, JD (doctorates)
  • $135 - All others, including RNs
Fee includes course materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments at breaks and an attendance certificate for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.


Cancellations must be received in writing by January 28th and will be subject to a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds will be given after January 29, 2014. A full refund will be provided if for any reason the course must be canceled or rescheduled. In the event of illness or other emergency, registered attendees may request permission for a substitute attendee to take their place (but only if the written request is received by January 28th).

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Symposium Co-Chair 

Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Joaquin Fuster Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Program Director and Principal Investigator
NIH Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) grant to the UCLA Center for Autism Research & Treatment (CART)

Symposium Co-Chair 

Daniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry

Gordon and Virginia Macdonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics

Director and Principal Investigator
UCLA Center for Autism Research & Treatment (CART)

UCLA Faculty

Themba Carr, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
CART Research Lab of Dr. Connie Kasari

Mirella Dapretto, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

CART Principal Investigator

Director, FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development

Amanda Gulsrud, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Clinical Director, UCLA Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic
CART Co-Investigator

Shafali Jeste, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

CART Principal Investigator

Director, CART Electrophysiology Core Laboratory

Scott Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
CART Principal Investigator
Director, UCLA Baby Lab

Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences
Founder and Director, UCLA PEERS Clinic
Director, The Help Group - UCLA Autism Research Alliance

James McCracken, M.D.
Professor, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Joseph Campbell Professor of Child Psychiatry

Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;
CART Principal Investigator & Medical Director
UCLA Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic

Beate Ritz, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA
UCLA CART Pilot Grant Principal Investigator

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Program Agenda

Friday, January 31, 2014

8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast in NRB Lobby
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome and Introductory Remarks - by Symposium Co-Chairs
Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D.,
Dan Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.
8:45 - 9:30 Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Scott Johnson, Ph.D.
9:30 - 10:15 Revised DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Implications for Researchers, Clinicians, and Families
Themba Carr, Ph.D.
10:15 - 10:30 BREAK
10:30 - 11:15 Recent Advancements in Behavioral Treatments for Children with ASD: Progress Toward Empirically Supported Intervention Approaches
Amanda Gulsrud, Ph.D.
11:15 - 12:00 Medication Update for Autism Spectrum Disorders
James McCracken, M.D.
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 - 1:45 What We've Learned So Far from the Epidemiology of Autism in California and Denmark
Beate Ritz, M.D., Ph.D.
1:45 - 2:30 Advances in the Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Dan Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.
2:30 - 2:45 BREAK
2:45 – 3:30 Understanding Autism: Insights from Neuroimaging
Mirella Dapretto, Ph.D.
3:30 – 4:30 Panel Discussion: "Ask the Experts"
Moderator: Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D.
All Speakers as available and Shafali Jeste, M.D.
4:30 – 5:00 Post-Activity Evaluations and Closing Comments

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At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Update practitioners in psychiatry, psychology, primary care, and other health professions, as well as teachers and autism service providers, on the state-of-the-art scientific findings for understanding, identifying, evaluating and treating autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
  • Understand the latest developments about etiological factors, biomarkers of core deficits and developmental trajectories, early diagnosis, and core components of empirically supported treatments that can benefit infants, children and young adults with ASD.
  • Understand the implications of the 2013 revision of the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and review best practices for clinical care of individuals with ASD at various developmental stages, specifically in terms of early identification, diagnostic evaluation and treatment planning.
  • Review recent research findings from studies on genetics, brain imaging (and connectivity and reward circuits), epidemiology and environmental factors, and psychopharmacology for understanding and developing treatments regarding specific brain systems disrupted in ASD.

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The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy now mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.

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Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium
635 Charles E. Young Drive South
Los Angeles, California 90095

Parking Information at UCLA

From the 405 freeway, exit on Wilshire Blvd. East. Proceed on Wilshire Blvd. to Westwood Blvd. and make a left. Proceed north on Westwood Blvd., turn right on Charles E. Young Drive South and continue 1/2 a block. Turn left into Lot 9 adjacent to NRB entrance. A parking attendant will be selling permits from 7:30 am – 9:30 am. If you arrive outside of that time frame please report to the parking and information kiosk on Westwood Plaza to pay for your parking permit. Parking is $12 per vehicle (cash only).

For more information

CART website: www.autism.ucla.edu
For registration questions, please call the CME Office: 310-794-2620

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