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10-23-2014

Autism: The Need for Early Identification and Treatment at Next Clarkson University Science Cafe

"Autism: The Need for Early Identification and Treatment" will be presented by Clarkson University Research Assistant Professor Alisa G. Woods of Clarkson's Laboratory for Proteomics and Biochemistry and the SUNY Plattsburgh Center for Neurobehavioral Health at the next Clarkson University Science Café on Tuesday, November 4, at 7:15 p.m. in the Park View Common Room, above the Blackbird Cafe, 107 Main St. in Canton, N.Y., and on Wednesday, November 5, at 7:15 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room in Potsdam, N.Y.

Alisa G. WoodsAutism prevalence is on the rise, with current CDC statistics indicating that one in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder. What is causing this increase and what needs to be done? Early identification and treatment with behavioral interventions has been known to produce more functional outcomes in people with autism.

Join Woods as she discusses current research into causes and why it is important to initiate behavioral treatments early and intensively, and as she shares insights from her research into the connections between biochemistry and behavior in autism and other neurobehavioral and psychiatric conditions.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson's Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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