Lead Researcher to Discuss Recent Advancements in Autism Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:     Denise D. Resnik
                      Stephanie Jarnagan
                      (602) 956-8834

LEAD RESEARCHER TO DISCUSS RECENT ADVANCEMENTS IN AUTISM RESEARCH

Director of Research at UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute to Visit 
the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, Present Free Lecture

The leading autism researcher from the University of California, Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, Dr. David Amaral, will discuss recent advancements in autism research at the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) at 4 p.m.  Wed., Sept. 19. During the presentation, which is open to the public, Amaral will reveal the latest autism-related genetic findings and research, and conclude with a question-and-answer session. 
Amaral, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and the director of research at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, has been the principal investigator in several neuroanatomical and behavioral studies on autism and has been published in numerous scientific journals. Currently, the M.I.N.D. Institute is engaged in interdisciplinary research into the causes of and treatments for autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders as part of the large-scale Autism Phenome Project. 

WHAT:    David Amaral, leading national autism researcher from the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, to present “Biomedical Approaches to the Understanding of Autism”

WHERE:       Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
        Don & Sybil Harrington Campus for Exceptional Children
        300 N. 18th Street, Phoenix 

WHEN:          4 p.m. Wed., Sept. 19, 2007
       
COST:           Free

CONTACT:  To attend, RSVP by Sept. 14 to Jeannette Reece at (602) 340-8717 or jreece@autismcenter.org

The Distinguished Lecture Series was made possible by a grant from the BHHS Legacy Foundation.  
To learn more about the Legacy Foundation, please visit bhhslegacy.org. 

The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is a nonprofit, community-based
organization dedicated to autism research, education and resources for children and young adults with autism and their families. For more information about SARRC, call (602) 340-8717 or visit www.autismcenter.org.