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Webinar: Why is Studying the Brain Important for Understanding Autism?

Our next webinar will be on Wednesday, October 30, from 12 to 1 PM EDT. In this webinar, David Amaral and Cynthia Schumann will:

  • Talk about the importance of brain tissue research to deepen the understanding of the causes of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Provide an overview of how studying the human brain can help develop new and effective treatments to improve the quality of life of individuals with autism and their families
  • Discuss research on the emotion center of the brain called the amygdala and how this may help understand anxiety in autism

Who is David G. Amaral?

Photo of David Amaral, PhDDavid G. Amaral, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the Director of the Davis Autism Center of Excellence at the University of California, Davis. He is also the Beneto Foundation Chair and principal investigator for SPARK’s clinical site at the MIND Institute, which is dedicated to studying autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Who is Cynthia M. Schumann?

Cynthia M. Schumann, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Psychiatry and Photo of Cynthia Schumann, PhDBehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis. The overarching focus of her research laboratory is to define the neurobiological mechanisms underlying atypical cellular and molecular development of the brain in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism, and other psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.

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