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Your Environment. Your Health.

Environmental Contributors to Autism Spectrum Disorders Grantee Meeting

December 5, 2016
Durham Convention Center
Meeting Room 3


Welcome and Introductions

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. — Introductions

8:45 – 8:55 a.m. — Welcome
Linda Birnbaum, Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Toxicology Program

8:55 – 9:05 a.m. — Programmatic Introduction
Cindy Lawler; Chief of Genes, Environment, and Health Branch; NIEHS

  • Meeting goals
  • Vision for the program

PI Overviews and Discussion

  • Full-length talks will be 15 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions
  • “Lightning” talks (by newest awardees) will be 5 minutes, including questions

Session 1: Animal Models of Environmental and Genetic Risk
Moderator: Cindy Lawler

9:05 – 9:10 a.m. — Maternal Obesity and Weight Change in Rhesus Monkey Neurobehavioral Development
Cheryl Walker

9:10 – 9:15 a.m. — Prenatal Environmental Toxicants Induce Neuroinflammation Causing Autistic Behaviors
David Lawrence

9:15 – 9:20 a.m. — Environmental Toxins and Microglia-Synapse Interactions in Autism
Staci Bilbo

9:20 – 9:40 a.m. — Developmental Exposures to Inhaled Air Pollution and the Autism Phenotype in Mice
Deborah Cory-Schlecta

9:40 – 10:00 — Functional Outcomes of Interactions between an ASD-Relevant Gene and Air Pollution
Jill Silverman

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. — Discussion on animal models and ASD

10:30 – 10:50 a.m. — Break

Session 2: Epidemiological Studies
Moderator: Amanda Garton

10:50 – 11:10 a.m. — Childhood Autism and Air Pollution - A Statewide Study
Ondine Von Ehrenstein

11:10 – 11:15 a.m. — Air Pollution and Autism in Israel: A Population-Wide Study
Marc Weisskopf

11:15 – 11:35 a.m. — Prenatal Antimicrobial Agent Exposure, Fetal Androgens and ASD Risk
Craig Newshaffer

11:35 – 11:55 a.m. — Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates in a High-Risk ASD Pregnancy Cohort
Hyeong-Moo Shin

11:55 – noon — Autism and Prenatal Endocrine Disruptors (A-PED)
Abraham Reichenberg

noon – 12:30 p.m. — Discussion on epidemiology studies

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. — Lunch

Session 3: Genetic Susceptibility, Epigenetics, ‘Omics
Moderator: Astrid Haugen

2:00 – 2:20 p.m. — Folic Acid Prevention Pathways for ASD in High Risk Families
Rebecca Jean Schmidt

2:20 – 2:25 p.m. — Stem cell- based studies of gene-environment interactions in PTEN- associated autism
Harley Kornblum

2:25 – 2:45 p.m. — Environmental Contribution to Neuronal-methylome Dynamics in Animal Models of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Margarita Behrens

2:45 – 2:50 p.m. — Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Epigenetic Alterations, and Autism-Like Behaviors in the Highly Social California Mouse Model
Cheryl Rosenfeld

2:50 – 2:55 p.m. — Prenatal Exposure to Metals and Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder in MARBLES and EARLI
Dani Fallin

2:55 – 3:15 p.m. — Autism Metabolomics and Environment (AIME)
Beate Ritz

3:15 – 3:35 p.m. — An Environment-wide Association Study in Autism Spectrum Disorders using Novel Bioinformatics Methods and Metabolomics via Mass Spectrometry
Sek Won Kong

3:35 – 4:05 p.m. — Discussion on genetic susceptibility, epigenetics, ‘omics

4:05 – 4:35 p.m. — *Summary and Opportunities for Collaboration

4:35 – 4:40 p.m. — Closing
Gwen Collman, Director of DERT, NIEHS

*Collaboration discussion might move to dinner conversation instead of taking place during the meeting.

Dinner will be at Dos Perros. The reservation is under the name, Astrid Haugen, and is for 6:30 p.m. Information on location and directions can be found online.

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