Past Colloquium Series Speakers


2017

Casey Lew-Williams, Ph.D., January 25, 2017
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Princeton University
Title: “Breaking into language: How infants find structure in patterned input”

2016

Francesca Happé, Ph.D., November 2, 2016
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Director of the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
Title: “‘Theory of mind’ and Autism: 30 years on”

Kimberly Huber, Ph.D., October 26, 2016
Professor of Neuroscience, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Title: “Mechanisms of Sensory Circuit Hyperexcitability in Fragile X Syndrome:  Implications for Therapeutics and Biomarker Development

Sara Jane Webb, Ph.D., October 12, 2016
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Washington & Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Title: “Face processing as a biomarker in early autism”

Janine LaSalle, Ph.D., September 28, 2016
Associate Director of Genomics, Genome Center; Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, MIND Institute, University of California, Davis
Title: “The landscape of DNA methylation amidst a perfect storm of autism etiologies”

Charles A. Nelson, Ph.D., September 7, 2016
Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Education, Harvard University; Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children’s Hospital
Title: “Using the visual system to quantitatively evaluate cortical function in Rett syndrome and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex”

David G. Amaral, Ph.D., May 25, 2016
Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Beneto Foundation Chair and Research Director, The MIND Institute, UC Davis
Title: “The Pursuit of Neurophenotypes in Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., Ph.D., May 11, 2016
Professor/Co-Director, University of Rochester/University of Copenhagen
Title: “Ionostatic control of the sleep-wake cycle”

Peter Kind, Ph.D., April 20, 2016
Director of the Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and Intellectual Disability; Professor of Developmental Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh
Title: “The pathophysiology of Fragile X Syndrome: From cell to circuit to behaviour”

Tal Kenet, Ph.D., April 6, 2016
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, MGH / Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Title: “Towards a Unifying Framework of Functional Connectivity Abnormalities in ASD”

Sally Rogers, Ph.D., March 23, 2016
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UCDavis MIND Institute
Title: “Changing the course of ASD: effects of early interventions”

Nenad Sestan, M.D., Ph.D., March 9, 2016
Professor of Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine
Title: “Development and Evolution of Neocortical Projection Systems”

Stephan Sanders, Ph.D., February 17, 2016
Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, UCSF; Director, Psychiatry Bioinformatics Core
Title: “From genes to etiology in autism”

Catherine Lord, Ph.D., February 10, 2016
Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain; New York Presbyterian Hospital; Weill Cornell Medical College; Teachers College, Columbia University
Title: “Early Regression and Worsening in Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Ted Abel, Ph.D., January 20, 2016
Brush Family Professor of Biology and Co-Director, Biological Basis of Behavior Program, University of Pennsylvania
Title: “Male-Specific Deficits in Reward Learning in Mouse Models of Autism”

2015

Randy Buckner, Ph.D., December 2, 2015
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Harvard University; Director of Psychiatric Neuroimaging, Massachusetts General Hospital
Title: “Beyond The Fictitious Average Brain: Beginning Steps Toward Studying the Individual”

Ben Neale, Ph.D., November 18, 2015
Assistant in Genetics, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Associate Member, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Disease, Broad Institute
Title: “Genetic influences on ASD across the frequency spectrum”

Kevin Pelphrey, Ph.D., November 4, 2015
Harris Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychology, Yale University
Title: “Towards a Transformative, Translational Developmental Neuroscience of Autisms”

Paola Arlotta, Ph.D., October 14, 2015
Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University
Title: “Development and Reprogramming of Neuronal Diversity in the Neocortex”

Robert M. Joseph, Ph.D., September 30, 2015
Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine
Title: “Prevalence, Associated Features and Early Antecedents of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborns at Age 10 Years”

Kimberley McAllister, Ph.D., September 16, 2015
Associate Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, UC Davis
Title: “Novel roles for immune molecules in brain development and psychiatric disorders”

Beth Stevens, Ph.D., May 13, 2015
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Title: “Immune Mechanisms of Synapse Loss in Health and Disease”

Michelle Olsen, Ph.D., April 15, 2015
Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
Title: “Altered Astrocyte Function in a Murine Model of Rett Syndrome

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., March 16, 2015
Title: “Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed

Morton Ann Gernsbacher, Ph.D., March 4, 2015
Vilas Professor and Sir Frederic Bartlett Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title: “Diverse Brains

Tommaso Pizzorusso, Ph.D., February 18, 2015
Associate Professor of Neurophysiology, University of Florence and CNR Institute of Neuroscience
Title: “Synaptic alterations in murine models of Rett syndrome

Nathaniel Heintz Ph.D., February 4, 2015
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, James and Marilyn Simons Professor, Head-Laboratory of Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University
Title: “Understanding Brain Function: Insights from Genetic and Epigenetic Analysis of CNS Cell Types

James McPartland, Ph.D., January 14, 2015
Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, Director, Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic, Yale Child Study Center
Title: “The Clinical Neuroscience of Social Brain Development in ASD

2014

Manzoor Bhat, M.S., Ph.D., December 17, 2014
Professor and Chair, Center for Biomedical Neuroscience, Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Title: “Trans-synaptic Adhesive Mechanisms and Retrograde Signaling”

Guy Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP(C), December 3, 2014
Director, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University
Title: “Genomics of Neurodevelopmental Diseases

Susan Faja, PhD, November 5, 2014
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Title: “Developing Targeted Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders

David Heeger, Ph.D., October 22, 2014
Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, New York University
Title: “Reliability of Sensory-Evoked Activity in Autism

Stephen Scherer, Ph.D., FRSC, October 8, 2014
Director, the Centre for Applied Genomics and the University of Toronto McLaughlin Centre, the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto
Title: “Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: So many genes involved”

Christian Hansel, Ph.D., September 24, 2014
Professor, University of Chicago, Department of Neurobiology
Title: “Involvement of cerebellar circuit dysfunction in autism”

David Mandell, Sc.D., September 10, 2014
Associate Professor, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Title: “Storming the Ivory Tower: Why Autism Interventions Don’t Work as They Should in the Community and What To Do About It”

Sarkis Mazmanian, Ph.D., June 4, 2014
Professor of Biology and Biological Sciences, California Institute of Technology
Title: “A Probiotic Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders?”

George Anderson, Ph.D., May 7, 2014
Senior Research Scientist, Child Study Center & Department of Laboratory Medicine,
Yale University School of Medicine
Title: “Biochemical Biomarkers in Autism: Challenges and Pitfalls”

Peng Jin, Ph.D., April 16, 2014
Professor of Human Genetics, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine
Title: “TET-mediated Epigenetic Modification(s) in Neurodevelopment and Autism”

Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., April 2, 2014
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine; Director, Duke University Center on Autism Diagnosis and Treatment; Duke University, Durham, NC
Title: “Early Intervention and Brain Plasticity in Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Charles Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., March 19, 2014
Research Director, Division of Developmental Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital
Title: “A cognitive neuroscience approach to the early identification of autism”

Ron Suskind, March 12, 2014
Senior Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Title: “Mapping the substructures of common affinities for ASD population to create tools for intellectual and emotional growth”

Stormy Chamberlain, Ph.D., February 5, 2014
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Assistant Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology, University of Connecticut Health Center
Title: “Induced pluripotent stem cell models of Angelman and Dup15q syndromes”

2013

Shafali Spurling Jeste, M.D., December 18, 2013
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Neurology Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior Director, Electrophysiology Core, UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment
Title: “Resting State and event related electroencephalography as biomarkers of learning and cognitive ability in young children with ASD: Can we parse the heterogeneity?”

Marsha Mailick, Ph.D., December 4, 2013
Vaughan Bascom and Elizabeth M. Boggs Professor and Director, Waisman Center, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title: “Trajectories of Life Course Development in Adolescents and Adults with Autism”

Gagan Joshi, M.D., November 20, 2013
Director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinical and Research Program and Medical Director of the Bressler Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Title: “Clinical and Neural Correlates of Autism and Associated Psychopathology”

Evan Eichler, Ph.D., October 23, 2013
Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
Title: “Autism: New Mutations, Genes and Pathways”

Walter Kaufmann, M.D., October 9, 2013
Senior Associate in Neurology and Director, Rett Syndrome Program; Co-Director, Fragile X Syndrome Program; Co-Director, Down Syndrome Program, Boston Children’s Hospital; Visiting Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Title: “DSM-5 diagnosis of autism: bases and implications”

Richard Tsien, D. Phil, September 25, 2013
Druckenmiller Professor of Neuroscience; Director, Dept of Neuroscience; Chair, Dept of Physiology and Neuroscience, NYU Langone Medical Center
Title: “Autism genes linked via a signaling pathway for activity-dependent gene expression”

Yongjie Yang, Ph.D., September 11, 2013
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, School of Medicine, Tufts University
Title: “Astroglial FMRP, Glutamate Transporters, and Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)”

Bhisma Chakrabarti, Ph.D., June 12, 2013
Associate Professor, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading
Title: “Reward and Empathy: Connections, Disconnections”

Lawrence W. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., M.B.A., May 15, 2013
President, LW Fitzgerald Consulting, LLC
Title: “Opportunities and Challenges in Drug Discovery for Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Ralph Adolphs, Ph.D., April 17, 2013
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, California Institute of Technology
Title: “Investigating the social brain: autism, the amygdala, and connectivity”

Stephen Camarata, Ph.D., April 3, 2013
Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Investigator, John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Development and Disabilities, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee
Title: “Multisensory Processing and Auditory Comprehension Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)”

Connie Kasari, Ph.D., March 20, 2013
Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Psychiatry, Center for Autism Intervention and Research; Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA
Title: “Engaging Autism: Developmental Implications for Intervention Research”

Michael Ehlers, M.D., Ph.D., March 6, 2013
Chief Scientific Officer for Neuroscience, Neuroscience Research Unit, Pfizer, Inc
Title: “Synaptic Proteolysis, Secretory Trafficking, and Autism-Related Genes”

Mayada Elsabbagh, Ph.D., February 20, 2013
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, McGill University
Title: “Getting Answers from Babies about Autism”

Rebecca Landa, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, February 6, 2013
Founding Director, Center for Autism and Related Disorders; Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Title: “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Signals and Developmental Trajectories”

Bernardo Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D., January 16, 2013
Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
Title: “Positive feedback in the development of the normal and diseased brain”

2012

Alex L. Kolodkin, Ph.D., December 19, 2012
Professor, Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Title: “Molecular mechanisms underlying the establishment of neuronal connectivity”

Bhavin Sheth, Ph.D., November 14, 2012
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Houston
Title: “MEG Piloted Flights From Theory to the Autistic Brain”

Matthew P. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., October 3, 2012
Associated Professor, Harvard Medical School Faculty, Program in Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School Director of Neuropathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Title: “Cellular and Molecular Basis of Social Behavior Deficits in Idic15 Autism”

Gaia Scerif, Ph.D., September 19, 2012
University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in Experimental Psychology, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK
Title: “Mechanisms of risk and resilience through disorders of known genetic origin”

Janine LaSalle, Ph.D., September 5, 2012
Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, MIND Institute, Genome Center, UC Davis
Title: “Mapping the neuronal methylome at the epigenetic interface of genes and environment”

Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D., June 6, 2012
Professor of Biology, Whitehead Institute and Department of Biology, MIT
Title: “iPS technology and disease research”

Alysson Renato Muotri, Ph.D., May 2, 2012
Assistant Professor, University of California San Diego, Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine/Pediatrics
Title: “Revealing common molecular pathways in Autism Spectrum Disorders using human neurons”

Matthew W. State, M.D., Ph.D., April 4, 2012
Donald J Cohen Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Genetics Deputy Chairman for Research, Department of Psychiatry Co-Director, Yale Program on Neurogenetics
Title: “The Simons Simplex Collection and the Genomic Architecture of Simplex Autism”

John N. Constantino, M.D., March 21, 2012
Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine
Title: “Recurrence, Resilience, Aggregation, and Intergenerational Transmission: Reconciling family studies with gene discovery in autism”

Molly Losh, Ph.D., March 7, 2012
Jane Steiner Hoffman and Michael Hoffman Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
Title: “Linguistic and cognitive profiles in autism and the broad autism phenotype”

Eric M. Morrow, M.D., Ph.D., January 18, 2012
Assistant Professor in Biology and Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Brown University
Title: “Difficult-to-treat autism: necessities and challenges”

Ben Philpot, Ph.D., February 1, 2012
Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Title: “A new angle on Angelman syndrome”

Katarzyna Chawarska, Ph.D., February 15, 2012
Associate Professor in the Child Study Center and of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics); Director, Toddler Developmental Disabilities Clinic, Yale School of Medicine
Title: “Autism in Infancy: Phenotypic Expression and Underlying Mechanisms”