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Join us for one of our upcoming events! We host a variety of programming opportunities for researchers, families, and trainees each semester.

Upcoming events

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End-of-Semester Social, May 2 | 4:30 - 6:30 PM | The Graduate Hotel  

All CAN members are invited to celebrate the end of the semester at The Graduate! This includes faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and staff.

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CAN Research Center Fall Retreat, August 14 | 9 AM - 4 PM | USC Alumni Center

Join us for the annual CAN Research Center Fall Retreat! This gathering of CAN members will feature networking opportunities, updates about CAN Research Center next steps, and speakers. Breakfast and lunch will be provided!

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External Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Veenstra-Vanderweele, September 5

Jeremy Veenstra-Vanderweele, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Join us on September 5 to learn about his research!


CAN Research Center Science Meetings

We host 3 weekly science meetings each month for CAN Research Center members (faculty, trainees, undergraduates, staff). The goal of these meetings is to share and update each other on research progress -- including new findings, new or upcoming grant submissions, and a space to discuss research obstacles and successes. We anticipate each virtual meeting to be ~30 minutes of presentation and ~30 minutes of discussion. 

All meetings are held virtually from 8:30-9:15am. Email to learn more and attend!

Past Science Meetings: Spring 2024


Past internal science meetings

  • 2023 April: Research Roundup
  • 2023 March: SCAND Annual Meeting, hosted by CAN Research Center in Columbia
  • 2023 February: Sips 'N Science meeting on "Quantifying Behavior"
  • 2023 January: Dr. Sarah Edmunds, Dr. Caitlin Hudac
  • 2022 December: Dr. Jessica Klusek, Dr. Pabi Sahoo
  • 2022 November: Dr. Rob Hock, Dr. Dan Foster
  • 2022 October: Dr. Liz Will,  Manasi Agrawal
  • 2022 September: Planning meeting

Visiting Scientist Seminar Series

The CAN Research Center invites eminent scholars in autism and neurodevelopmental disorders to share their research with the USC community.

Upcoming  Seminars

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September 5, 2024  

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Jeremy Veenstra-Vanderweele, M.D.

 Suzanne Crosby Murphy Professor of Developmental Neuropsychiatry at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), and Columbia University

Past Seminars

Dr. Trudy Mackay

April 4, 2023  

"Epistasis and the Genetics Architecture of Quantitative Traits: Lessons From Drosophila

Trudy Mackay, Ph.D.


Dr. Sara Jane Webb

March 17, 2023

"Social-Communication Biomarkers: Quantification and Qualification for Clinical Trial Improvement

Sara Jane Webb, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Washington and Seattle Children's Research Institute

Associate Director and Director of Clinical Translational Core of UW's  Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center 

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March 3, 2023

South Carolina Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorder Consortium annual retreat

Hosted by CAN Research Center. Invited speakers including:

  • Keynote speaker, Dr. Wendy Chung, Columbia University
  • Dr. Robert Anholt, Clemson University
  • Dr. Jory FlemingUniversity of South Carolina
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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


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