Past Events

Advances in Autism Conferences


Our annual Advances in Autism Conference, established in 1996, brings together academic, parent, and community groups to participate in thoughtful and informative presentations. The goals of the conference are to teach participants about recent advances in understanding the causes of autism, brain development in people with autism, and current treatments for autism.

22nd Annual Advances in Autism Conference 2018

In 2018, the Advances in Autism Conference provided an overview of precision medicine approaches in autism, focused on genetics, neurophysiology and other means to group autism into biological subgroups for optimal treatments. Advances in several rare genetic disorders related to autism (Fragile X, Rett, Phelan-McDermid, ADNP, FOXP1, and DDX3X syndromes) were described.

Meet the 2018 Speakers

  • Joseph D. Buxbaum - Drug Discovery in Autism: A Precision Medicine Approach
  • Randall L. Carpenter, MD - Translating Basic Science Discoveries into Therapeutics for Idiopathic Autism
  • Monica Coenraads - Rett Syndrome: Roadmap to a Cure
  • Silvia De Rubeis, PhD - A Translational Approach to DDX3X Syndrome
  • Elodie Drapeau, PhD - Genetic, Molecular and Phenotypic Characterization of FOXP1 Syndrome
  • Alex Kolevzon, MD - Biomarker Discovery in Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Strategies for Clinical Trial Readiness
  • Paige Siper, PhD - ADNP Syndrome: From Genes to Behavior

21st Annual Advances in Autism Conference 2017

Meet the 2017 Speakers

  • Shelli Avenevoli, PhD - SCIENTIFIC KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - Autism Research: Advances and Future Directions
  • Catalina Betancur, MD, PhD - The Genetics of Autism: From Gene Discovery to Understanding the Underlying Neurobiological Mechanisms
  • Elizabeth Burns, PhD – FAMILY KEYNOTE PRESENTATION - Fact and Fiction: My Daughter, Autism and Me
  • Carissa Cascio, PhD - Sense and Sensibility: Sensory Differences in Autism from Clinical and Neuroscience Perspectives
  • Alex Kolevzon, MD - From Genes to Treatment: Using Rare Genetic Disorders to Develop Novel Therapeutics

Past Luncheons

25th Annual Seaver Anniversary Celebration - Thursday, November 1, 2018

The milestone celebration marked 25 years of our ground-breaking work conducting progressive research studies and providing comprehensive, personalized care to children and families affected by autism.

A special award was presented to John Cohen and Hirschell Levine, trustees of The Beatrice & Samuel A. Seaver Foundation, for their leadership and commitment to Seaver Autism Center and the children and families who take part in and benefit from our work.