Webinar - On Demand - A Panel Discussion : The Latest Genetic Breakthrough in Autism Research

Webinar - On Demand - A Panel Discussion: The Latest Genetic Breakthrough in Autism Research

A team of researchers at Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital, led by Dr. Ryan Yuen, recently discovered “wrinkles” in DNA that may provide a genetic cause for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The discovery has been hailed as a “leap forward” as it could revolutionize not only the future of autism diagnosis but other neurodevelopmental disorders, as well.

A panel of genetic researchers from Sick Kids including Dr. Ryan Yuen, Dr. Stephen Scherer, and Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and Genetic Counsellor Ny Hoang from Sick Kids’ Autism Research Unit, will discuss the latest findings and answer questions from the audience.

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The Panel:

Dr. Ryan Yuen is a Scientist in Genetics & Genome Biology Program at The Hospital for Sick Children, and an Assistant Professor in Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on exploiting whole genome-scanning methodologies to dissect the underlying genetic architecture in neurological disorders. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Yuen has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles in journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, New England Journal of Medicine and Nature Medicine.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Scherer holds the GlaxoSmithKline-Canadian Institutes of Health Research Endowed Chair in Genome Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University of Toronto (UofT) and he is Director of the UofT McLaughlin Centre, as well as The Centre for Applied Genomics at SickKids.

His team contributed to the landmark discovery of global gene copy number variation (CNV) as a common form of genetic variation in human DNA. His group then identified CNV to contribute to the aetiology of autism and many other disorders, and the Database of Genomic Variants he founded facilitates hundreds of thousands of clinical diagnoses each year.

Dr. Scherer has won numerous honors such as the Steacie Prize, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship, the Killam Prize, and three Honorary degrees. He is a Fellow of CIFAR, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society of Canada. In 2014, he was selected as a Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in Physiology and Medicine for “the discovery of large-scale copy number variation and its association with specific diseases”.

Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou, MD, is a child neurologist, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and Assistant Director of Holland Bloorview’s Research Institute. As a Senior Clinician Scientist, she co-leads of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at Holland Bloorview and University of Toronto. She holds a Canada Research Chair in translational therapeutics in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the Dr. Stuart D. Sims Chair in Autism at Holland Bloorview. With a passion for improving outcomes and quality of life for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families, Dr. Anagnostou has received extensive international funding (>40 million dollars over the last 10 years) to understand how our emerging knowledge of genomic and systems biology findings in ASD and related developmental conditions translate into novel treatments for children. She is well published (>130 publications, 2 books, several book chapters) and speaks around the world on autism research and health systems innovation. She currently serves as the Global Senior Leader for the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), representing North America.

Ny Hoang, MS, CCGC is a certified genetic counsellor at The Hospital for Sick Children. She received a Master of Science in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College in 2011 and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 2012. In her current role in the Autism Research Unit, Ny specializes in the genetic contributions to neurodevelopmental disorders with a focus on autism spectrum disorder. She provides feedback to research participants involved in genomic sequencing studies and discusses the significance and impact of genetic discoveries. Ny is a member of Genomic Research Genetic Counsellors at SickKids, a lecturer, course coordinator and clinical supervisor for the MSc Genetic Counselling Program at the University of Toronto, and an administrative member of Genetic Counsellors of Ontario.

When
October 29th, 2020 12:00 PM   through   December 18th, 2020 1:00 PM
Location
On-line / En direct
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Canada
Contact
Phone: 416-246-9592  ext. 301
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