Autism Spectrum Disorders
July 26 - August 1, 2023

Key Dates:
Application Deadline:  April 17th, 2023
Arrival: July 25th by 6pm EST
Departure: August 1st around 12pm EST

The course will be held at the Laboratory's Banbury Conference Center located on the north shore of Long Island.  CSHL Courses are intensive, running all day and often including evenings and weekends; students are expected to attend all sessions and reside on campus for the duration of the course.

COVID-19: All participants planning to attend in-person will be required to attest to recent COVID vaccination (within one year of the course’s start date) with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine. Additional safety measures will be in line with current NY and Federal Guidelines applicable in Summer 2023.

Daniele Fallin, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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 course 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 course 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.

2023 Speakers:
Nicola Allen, The Salk Institute for Biological Science
Jacqueline Crawley, UC Davis
Jed Ellison, UMN, Institute of Child Development
Daniel Geschwind, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA,
Steve Kanne, Cornell University
Connie Kasari, UCLA
Jeanine Lasalle, UC Davis
Dan Littman, NYU School of Medicine
Kelsey Martin, Simmons Foundation
Mustafa Sahin, Boston Children's Hospital
Cynthia Schumann, University of California Davis MIND Institute
Nirao Shah, Stanford University
Sarah Spence, Boston Children's Hospital / Harvard University
Christopher Walsh, Boston Children's Hospital

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): $2,865 

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

Students are expected to stay for the duration of the course.

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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