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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.

More information on the 2020 Guest Lecture Series will be available in January 2020

2020 Guest Lecturer: Christopher McDougle, MD
Director, Lurie Center for Autism
Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

 1. Medical Professionals ONLY

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
5:30 pm- 8:00 pm

 2. For Families and Non-Medical Professionals

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
1:00 pm- 3:00 pm


Past Lecturers and Topics

2019 Guest Lecturer: Lawrence Scahill, MSN, Ph.D.

Professor of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine

Director of Clinical Trials, Marcus Autism Center

Lecture Topic: Autism and Anxiety

   2018 Guest Lecturer: Katarzyna Chawarska, Ph.D.

Yale University School of Medicine

Lecture Topic: Early Screening and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  2017 Guest Lecturer: Matthew Siegel, M.D.

Spring Harbor Hospital and Maine Medical Center, and Tufts University School of Medicine

Lecture Topic: Medication Management for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder



2016 Guest Lecturer: Kevin Pelphrey, Ph.D.

Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute, George Washington University

Lecture Topic: Searching for Neuroimaging Targets for Interventions in ASD

2015 Guest Lecturer: Michael Cuccaro, Ph.D.

Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

Lecture Topic: The Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder

2014 Guest Lecturer: David Amaral, Ph.D.

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.

Emory University School of Medicine, and Marcus Autism Center

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

2012 Guest Lecturer: Ami Klin, Ph.D.

Emory University School of Medicine, and Marcus Autism Center

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.

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