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Upcoming events

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October 6, 2022 3:30 - IMB conference room

First Thursday - Science Meeting : We will hear from scientists doing work in Down Syndrome -- come learn about recent science and progress in this area!  

(1) Dr. Liz Will: Investigating Co-occurring Autism and Early Development in Down Syndrome. Dr. Will will present some preliminary data from her NIH F32 study on co-occurring autism in Down syndrome and discuss considerations related to early delays and developmental profiles with implications for assessment. 

(2) Manasi Agrawal: Reduced neuronal complexity in Down syndrome hiPSC-derived neurons. Manasi will present part of her dissertation work showing morphological changes observed in Down syndrome human iPSC-derived neurons during development and discuss potential pathways that may be contributing to this phenotype.

First Thursday - Happy Hour @ ~4:30 pm : Join us after Science Meeting for socializing at the Graduate Hotel! 

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October 20, 2022 3:30 - IMB conference room

Third Thursday - Work in Progress. The WIP is a place to bring your current questions and ideas. We already know several individuals have questions about upcoming grant submissions. Depending on how many people attend, we'll likely split into several groups . Hope to see you there!  

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November 3, 2022 3:30 - IMB conference room

First Thursday - Science Meeting:  Topic on "Emotion Regulation in Autism" with Dr. Sarah Edmunds and Dr. Katie Wolfe. More details to come soon! 


Meetings & Social Gatherings

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First Thursdays - Science Meeting

Science meeting starts at 3:30 pm at Institution for Mind and Brain, 1800 Gervais Street, Conference Room 125. Each month we will have 1-2 speakers that will provide updates about their current work. All are invited to attend!

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First Thursdays - Social  

Monthly happy hour starts ~ 4:30 pm. Join us on the patio outside of The Graduate, conveniently located on the main campus (1619 Pendleton St). The bar serves drinks and food.

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Third Thursdays - Work in Progress

For Fall 2022, we are trying something new: We will host a Work In Progress (WIP) meeting from 3:30-4:30 pm at the Institution for Mind and Brain, 1800 Gervais Street, Conference Room 125. This is designed as a "drop-in" casual meeting open to all CAN members  where you can  seek input from fellow researchers. Bring your own questions about papers or grants or projects and come prepare to help your colleagues resolve issues!  

Visiting Scientist Seminar Series

USCAND invites eminent scholars in autism and neurodevelopmental disorders to share their research with the UofSC community.

Past Seminars

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April 7, 2022

"Increasing Access to Parent-Mediated Interventions for Autism in the Community:
Project ImPACT as a Case Example"

Brooke Ingersoll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director of the MSU Autism Lab, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

February 9, 2022

"mRNA Transport, Local Translation & Neurological Disease"
Gary J. Bassell, Ph.D.

December 8, 2021

"Measuring Anxiety in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Lawrence Scahill, Ph.D.

February 9, 2021

Neurobiologically-Grounded Signatures of Autism in Infants
Kristina Denisova, Ph.D.

February 2, 2021

Effect of early-life immune activation on the ontogeny of learning: Importance for understanding the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders
Jaclyn M. Schwarz, Ph.D.

January 28, 2021

Hiding in Plain Sight? A Deeper Look at Females on the Autism Spectrum
Clare Harrop, Ph.D.

October 21, 2020

Progress in Biomarker Development in Autism
James McPartland, Ph.D.

February 20, 2020

Understanding (and Supporting) Autistic Girls Through Multi-Method Quantitative Phenotyping 
Julia Parish-Morris, Ph.D.

February 11, 2020

Catch Me If You Can: Novel Mechanisms of Social Functioning and Intervention in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Matthew D. Lerner, Ph.D.

February 10, 2020

Unraveling Mechanisms of Social Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Katrina Choe

February 5, 2020

Dimensions and Taxons: Catalyzing a New Frontier in Autism Research
Jed Elison, Ph.D.

February 2, 2020

Bridging the Gap from Genes to Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Benjamin Auerbach

January 28, 2020

Getting Answers from Babies About Autism
Mayada Elsabbagh, Ph.D.

January 21, 2020

Astrocyte-Neuron Communication During Synapse Development for Health and Disease
Dr. Isabella Farhy-Tselnicke

January 16, 2020

Translating EEG Biomarkers in Autism and Fragile X Syndrome: From Mice to Microstates to Minocycline
Lauren Etheridge, Ph.D.

January 13, 2020

Local Protein Synthesis During Neural Development: implications for Health and Disease
Dr. Kristy Welshhans

Community Events

2022 Stress Neurobiology Workshop

The 2022 Stress Neurobiology Workshop  will be held in Columbia, SC at the Pastides Alumni Center (next to the Hilton Columbia Center) from May 10th through May 13th, 2022!  

This is an international gathering focused on the impacts of stress on brain and behavior. This is a great meeting for trainees!

Past Events

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April 27, 2022

 We'll be at Institute for Mind and Brain (1800 Gervais St.) from 1 to 4:30 pm. 

Stop by at your leisure to check out the following:

-Flash Talks from CAN Pilot Award Recipients
-Coffee & Networking Break
-Student and Trainee Flash Talks
-Science Cluster Conversation Hour to connect researchers with similar interests and support collaborative efforts
-Optional Happy Hour 


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