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Event Date: 

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

1345 Health Sciences Learning Center

Contact Info: 

Patty Grubb,, (608) 265-0516

PHS Monday Seminar, Eric Rubenstein, PhD, "Risk Factors for Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Effects on Phenotype: Results from a Community-Based Case Control Study"


Case control studies are optimal for the study of risk factors for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as the condition is relatively rare and this design allows for assessment of multiple exposures. The Study to Explore Early Development (SEED) of ASD is a multi-site, population-based case-control study that allows examination of the heterogeneous ASD phenotype and specific phenotype-risk factor associations. This seminar will focus on the use of SEED data to examine three well established ASD risk factors (parental autism traits, maternal anxiety or depression, and preterm birth) and their differential associations with specific ASD phenotypes.  Results will enable us to more efficiently study etiology and better tailor interventions to subsets of the population with ASD.

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