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Annual Distinguished Guest Lecture on Autism

Annually, CARD Albany invites distinguished autism experts to present on the latest cutting-edge research in the field, in areas such as genetics and brain imaging. 

Two lectures are offered: one for physicians and other medical professionals and a complimentary session for parents and non-medical professionals. Lectures last approximately 90 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are provided for medical professionals through a joint sponsorship with New York Medical College. The Distinguished Guest Lectures on Autism are free of charge.

2015 Distinguished Guest Lecture on Autism

February 25, 2015 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center

2:00pm - 4:00 pm: Non-Medical Professionals & 5:30pm-8:00pm: Medical Professionals

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Michael Cuccaro, Ph.D.


Past Lecturers and Topics


    2014 Guest Lecturer: David Amaral, Ph.D.

    Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director of Research, UC Davis MIND Institute

    Lecture Topic: What Neuroimaging has Taught Us About the Brain in Autism and Progress in Understanding the Neurobiology of Autism

    2013 Guest Lecturer: Warren R. Jones, Ph.D.

    Director of Research, Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine Core Faculty, Center for Translational Social Neuroscience, Emory University

    Lecture Topic: Understanding How Children with ASDs Experience the Visual World


    2012 Guest Lecturer: Ami Klin, Ph.D.
    Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Professor and Chief of the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Emory University School of Medicine, and Director of the Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    Lecture Topics: New Research on Social Engagement Deficits in Young Children with Autism: Implications for Clinical Practice; DSM-V, Definitions, Realities, and Real Science We Need

    2011 Guest Lecturer: Robert T. Schultz, Ph.D.
    Director, Center for Autism Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    Lecture Topic: Progress in Identifying the Biological Foundations of the Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence from Genetics and Brain Imaging
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    2010 Guest Lecturer: Stephen J. Sheinkopf, Ph.D.
    Brown Alpert Medical School

    Lecture Topic: Autism in Infants and Toddlers: Implications for Families and Policy
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    2008 Guest Lecturer: Anthony Malone, M.D.
    Department of Pediatrics, Albany Medical Center

    Lecture Topic: Identification and Evaluation of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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    2007 Guest Lecturer: Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.
    University of Rochester

    Lecture Topic: Communication in Autism: A Neuropsychological Perspective

    2006 Guest Lecturer: Luke Y. Tsai, M.D.
    University of Michigan Medical School

    Lecture Topic: Rational Use of Medications in Autism Spectrum Disorder
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    2005 Guest Lecturer: Michael Cuccaro, Ph.D.
    Duke University and Medical Center

    Lecture Topic: Autism: Risks & Etiology, The Integration of Clinical and Genetic Heterogeneity