Webinar - Diversity of the Autistic Brain: from genes to brains, to interventions and lived experience perspectives with Dr. Anagnostou

In this webinar, Dr. Anagnostou will be discussing with families a new understanding of the many ways that genes affect our brains, and our brains affect our behavior and thinking skills. We will explore how our genes and brain contribute to Autism, as well as contribute to many co-occurring neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions such as anxiety and ADHD. 

Understanding how our genes, our brains, our thoughts, and our behaviour are all interconnected will influence how we think about interventions, and how such understandings affect stakeholder priorities.

This webinar is appropriate for families and caregivers of autistic children, as well as professionals working with autistic children.


Speaker: Evdokia Anagnostou

Evdokia Anagnostou is a Child Neurologist and 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 the Autism Research Centre (ARC) at Holland Bloorview and the 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.

Dr. Anagnostou has received extensive international funding to understand the underlying biological differences associated with ASD and other neurodevelopmental differences, translate such understandings into potential novel interventions. She also has funding in health system innovation, stakeholder engagement, and in understanding the meaning and impact of ASD in marginalized populations. She serves on multiple government committees on improving diagnostic and intervention pathways, and several editorial boards and grant review panels.

She has also been recognized for her contributions to training young clinicians and scientists and for her commitment to women in STEM. She currently represents the region of America –North on the INSAR Global Senior Leaders committee.

Disclaimer: Opinions reflected in this webinar are those of the speaker(s) and presenter(s), and do not necessarily reflect Autism Ontario’s views. Please note Autism Ontario does not endorse any specific therapy, product, treatment, strategy, opinions, service, or individual. We do, however, endorse your right to information. Autism Ontario strongly believes that it is important to do your own research and make your own informed decisions.