Course Information
Advances in Autism 2019

Geffen Hall Auditorium
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, California
April 12, 2019
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
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Course Description

This full-day annual symposium is designed for all those interested in learning about the latest breakthroughs in clinical care, research and treatment in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including health care providers, teachers, autism service providers, and families. Nationally renowned UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) faculty, which now includes Dr. Catherine Lord (keynote speaker), will present the most up-to-date information about ASD across the lifespan. The presentations will include updates in the latest scientific and clinical findings in genetics, neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, neurobiology, neurology, behavioral health, and overall clinical practices for ASD. Opportunities to ask questions will be provided throughout the program. This continuing education symposium is designed to equip community practitioners to apply the most effective, evidence-based practices for assessment, management and treatment of individuals with ASD.

Target Audience

This full-day annual symposium is designed for all those interested in learning about the latest breakthroughs in research and treatment in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including health care providers, teachers, autism service providers, and families.

Registration Information

Enrollment

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 Symposium
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

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

By Phone

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

Course Fees

  • Physicians: $195
  • Nurses and Allied Health Professionals: $165
  • Non-Healthcare: $90

Refunds

Cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, March 29, 2019 and will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.

Faculty

Course Chairs

Daniel H. Geschwind, MD, PhD
Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor in Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry and Human Genetics*
Senior Associate Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor, Precision Health
Director, Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Susan Bookheimer, PhD
Joaquin Fuster Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience*
Director, Staglin IMHRO MRI Laboratory
Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Co-Director, UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

UCLA Course Faculty

Mirella Dapretto, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences*
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Michael Gandal, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences*
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Shulamite Green, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences*
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Amanda Gulsrud, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences*
Clinical Director, Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental (CAN) Clinic
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Shafali Spurling Jeste, MD
Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Neurology and Pediatrics*
Director, UCLA CARING Clinic
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Connie Kasari, PhD
Professor of Human Development and Psychiatry*
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD
Associate Clinical Professor*
Founder and Director, UCLA PEERS Clinic
Training Director, UCLA Tarjan Center UCEDD
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Catherine Lord, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Education*
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

James T. McCracken, MD
Joseph Campbell Professor of Child Psychiatry*
Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Semel Institute of Neuroscience
Director, Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental (CAN) Clinic
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Benjamin Schneider, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor*
Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Associate Director, Child and Adult Neurodevelopment (CAN) Clinic
Medical Director, UCLA ABC Partial Hospitalization Program

Rujuta B. Wilson, MD
Assistant Professor in Pediatric Neurology and Psychiatry*
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Neurology
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

*David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Program Agenda

Friday, April 12, 2019

8:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 Welcome and Introduction
Daniel H. Geschwind, MD, PhD
Keynote
8:45 Autism from 2 to 26: From Research to Practice
Catherine Lord, PhD
9:35 Q&A
Genetics
9:45 Overview/Clinical Perspectives: Advances in the Genetics of Autism: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment
Daniel H. Geschwind, MD, PhD
10:10 Q&A
10:15 Research Updates: Advances in Autism Genetics: Finding Convergence
Michael Gandal, MD, PhD
10:40 Q&A
10:45 Break
Neuroimaging
11:00 Overview/Clinical Perspectives: Update on Autism Imaging Research
Susan Bookheimer, PhD
11:25 Q&A
11:30 Research Updates: Sensory Reactivity and Regulation in Autism: Insights from Neuroimaging
Shulamite Green, PhD
11:55 Q&A
12:00 Lunch
Psychopharmacology
1:00 Overview/Clinical Perspectives: “I Heard that Medication Can…”– Truths, Myths and Misconceptions about Biological Treatments for ASD
Benjamin Schneider, MD
1:25 Q&A
1:30 Research Updates: ASD Treatment Research – A Peek at Possible New Approaches
James T. McCracken, MD
1:55 Q&A
Neurology
2:00 Overview/Clinical Perspectives: Is There A Neurologist in the House? Diagnosing and Managing Common Neurological Comorbidities in ASD
Shafali Spurling Jeste, MD
2:25 Q&A
2:30 Research Updates: Why Motor Skills Matter in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Rujuta B. Wilson, MD
2:55 Q&A
3:00 Break
Behavioral Treatment
3:15 Overview/Clinical Perspectives: Advances in Behavioral Interventions
Connie Kasari, PhD
3:40 Q&A
3:45 Research Updates: Advances in the Treatment of Young Children with ASD: Are We There Yet?
Amanda Gulsrud, PhD
4:10 Q&A
4:15 Research Updates: College to Career Transition for Young Adults with ASD: The PEERS for Careers Program
Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD
4:40 Q&A
Ask the Experts
4:45 Ask the Expert Panel
Facilitators: Benjamin Schneider, MD and Mirella Dapretto, PhD
Panelists: All symposium speakers
5:15 Closing Remarks
Daniel H. Geschwind, MD, PhD
5:30 Adjourn

Objectives

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

  • Recognize different trajectories in language development, social skills and adaptive skills in ASD and how these differences may contribute to different interventions and outcomes
  • Describe the contribution of genetic factors to ASD and how they can be measured
  • Recommend appropriate types of genetic testing for ASD
  • Counsel families about biomedical interventions for ASD treatment such as neurostimulation, stem cell infusion, and new medications
  • Screen for risk factors for epilepsy and sleep impairment and improve diagnostic practices for these issues in ASD
  • Advise families on supporting youth through the transition to adulthood as a result of the employment challenges of young adults with ASD
  • Inform families of children with ASD about the current goals and new approaches to intervention research in ASD

Accreditation

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 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.

Disclosures

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 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.

Miscellaneous

Program Location

Geffen Hall Auditorium
UCLA Campus
885 Tiverton Ave
Los Angeles, California 90024

Directions and Parking

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 ½ a block. Turn left into Lot 9. There will be a parking attendant selling permits from 7:00-9:00 AM. If you arrive outside of this time frame, please visit the parking kiosk on Westwood Plaza to pay for your parking permit. Participants are responsible to pay for their own parking charges at a rate of $12 per vehicle, cash only.