Workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorders
July 29 - August 4, 2019
Application Deadline: May 15th, 2019


James McPartland,( @J_McPartland ) Yale University
Sergiu Pasca, ( @PascaStanford) Stanford University
Jeremy Veenstra-Vander Weele, Columbia University

See the roll of honor - who's taken the course in the past

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are developmental disorders with complex phenotypes defined by a triad of symptoms that include disrupted social abilities, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and restricted interests with repetitive behaviors. Co-occurring neurological and medical conditions often occur in this disorder. The underlying etiology remains a mystery, but ASD is one of the most highly heritable of neuropsychiatric disorders.

This workshop will examine dimensions of ASD on various levels, including sessions on characteristics of the Clinical Syndrome, the neuropathology, imaging, and cognitive neuroscience studies that implicate Circuits and Systems involved in ASD, the current state of findings from Human Genetics, concepts regarding the Developmental Neurobiological basis, the use of Experimental Models, and current Etiological Theories & Hypotheses of ASD.

In addition to learning about the most recent research in these areas, we will explore and debate controversial topics and challenges of basic assumptions in the field. An exceptional faculty with diverse interests will bring the most up-to-date results and theories to the students, making this workshop a valuable resource for young researchers starting out in this fast-moving and expansive field. Not only will it help them build the foundation for their future research, it will also introduce them to many potential collaborators working to understand ASD from different disciplines.

The workshop will have hands-on exercises to complement the featured intense lecture sessions. Most importantly, students also will have free-time for reading, informal discussions and recreation on the beautiful campus of the Banbury Center, which includes a beach, a pool and tennis courts.

Please note that selection criteria for attendance at the workshop will be similar to that for regular Cold Spring Harbor courses. Limited financial support is available but will not influence the selection process.

Students are expected to stay for the duration of the course. The workshop will begin on the morning of July 29 (students are requested to arrive on the afternoon or evening of July 28) and end by lunchtime on August 4. The workshop will be held at the Laboratory&'s Banbury Conference Center located on the north shore of Long Island.

2019 Speakers:

Nicola Allen, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Frances Champagne, Columbia University
Daniele Fallin, Johns Hopkins University
Guoping Feng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Daniel Geschwind, University of California, Los Angeles
Connie Kasari, University of California, Los Angeles
Declan Murphy, King's College London, UK
Michael Platt, University of Pennsylvania
Craig Powell, University of Alabama Birmingham
Mustafa Sahin, Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital
Cindy Schumann, University of California Davis MIND Institute
Nenad Sestan, Yale University Medical School
Carla Shatz, Stanford University
Alison Singer, Autism Science Foundation
Sarah Spence, Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital
Helen Tager-Flusberg, Boston University
Fred Volkmar, Yale University Medical School

Support & Stipends:

Major support provided by: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Stipends are available to offset tuition costs as follows:

Please indicate your eligibility for funding in your stipend request submitted when you apply to the course. Stipend requests do not affect selection decisions made by the instructors. 

Cost (including board and lodging): $2,765 

No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course.

Students accepted into the course should plan to arrive by early evening on Sunday July 28 and plan to depart after lunch on August 4th

Before applying, ensure you have:
  1. Personal statement/essay;
  2. Letter(s) of recommendation;
  3. Curriculum vitae/resume (optional);
  4. Financial aid request (optional).
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