Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex condition with a wide range of symptoms and severity. This session focuses on comorbidity (co-occurring conditions with autism) and research approaches that could facilitate identification of ASD subtypes. Several examples of comorbidities, including language impairments and GI issues, will be discussed in the context of improving subtyping in the ASD genetics and epigenetics studies, exploring functional significance of rare genetic variants, using medical registries in developing evidence-based guidelines, and developing integrated clinical programs to improve patient health outcomes.
Welcome and Introductions
- Zohreh Talebizadeh, PhD, Professor, Director of Autism Genetics Research Lab, Children’s Mercy
- Dennis Ridenour, President & CEO, BioNexus KC
Valerie Hu, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, GW’s Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute
Dustin Baldridge, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Genetics and Genomic Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
Daniel L. Coury, MD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Ohio State University College of Medicine and Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Christina Low Kapalu, PhD, Child Psychologist; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Children’s Mercy