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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 for parents and non-medical professionals.


2018 Guest Lecturer: TBA

Past Lecturers and Topics
  2017 Guest Lecturer: Matthew Siegel, M.D.

Director of the Developmental Disorders Program of Spring Harbor Hospital and Maine Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine

Clinical Investigator at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Lecture Topic: Medication Management for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder



2016 Guest Lecturer: Kevin Pelphrey, Ph.D.

Co-director of the Yale Center for Translational Developmental Neuroscience and the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded multisite Autism Center for Excellence Multimodal Developmental Neurogenetics of Females with ASD network.

Lecture Topic: Searching for Neuroimaging Targets for Interventions in ASD

2015 Guest Lecturer: Michael Cuccaro, Ph.D.

Associate Director at the Center for Genomic Education and Outreach, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

Lecture Topic: The Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder

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


2010 Guest Lecturer: Stephen J. Sheinkopf, Ph.D.                  

Brown Alpert Medical School

Lecture Topic: Autism in Infants and Toddlers: Implications for Families and Policy


2008 Guest Lecturer: Anthony Malone, M.D

Department of Pediatrics, Albany Medical Center

Lecture Topic: Identification and Evaluation of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


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


2005 Guest Lecturer: Michael Cuccaro, Ph.D.                    

Duke University and Medical Center

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