The BRAIN Foundation Presents:

Synchrony 2024 agenda

please note that the final talk schedule is subject to change

Friday, July 12

roundtables

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10:00am - 12:00pm

Merrill Hall

Clinical Treatment Guidelines for Neuropsychiatric Exacerbations in ASD

Expert discussion panel

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12:00pm - 1:00pm

LUNCH

Results from studies sponsored by the BRAIN Foundation
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1:00pm

Merrill Hall

Significant improvements (gastrointestinal and behavioral) following standard-of-care treatment in children with ASD-associated enterocolitis: A longitudinal assessment

Arthur Krigsman MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Arthur Krigsman MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Private Practice, New York

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1:45pm

Merrill Hall

Breaking with Tradition: Discovering Unique Mitochondrial Disorders In Autism Spectrum Disorder

Richard Frye MD, PhD - Neurodevelopmental Precision Medicine
Richard Frye MD, PhD is a Behavioral Child Neurologist, Neurodevelopmental Precision Medicine
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2.15pm

Merrill Hall

tbc

Jennifer Frankovich MD, MS - Stanford University
Dr. Jennifer Frankovich MD, MS, Clinical Professor | Pediatrics – Allergy, Immunology, Rheumatology Director, Stanford Immune Behavioral Health Clinic and Research Program, Stanford University School of Medicine

roundtables

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3:00PM - 5:00pm

Merrill Hall

Presentation of Case Studies for Next Generation Drugs Prescribed for Comorbidities in the ASD Population

Expert discussion panel
PANEL CHAIR: Jennifer Frankovich MD, MS, Clinical Professor, Pediatrics – Allergy, Immunology, Rheumatology Director, Stanford Immune Behavioral Health Clinic and Research Program, Stanford University School of Medicine

PANEL PARTICIPANTS: Harumi Jyonouchi MD, Allergist- Immunologist, St. Peter’s University Hospital, Arthur Krigsman MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Private Practice, New York, John Gaitanis MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Brown University, Pediatric Neurologist, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Monica Cooke, Lighthouse Complex Care Clinics

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6:00pm

Bonfire/Dinner

Saturday, July 13

new research presentations

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8:30am

Merrill Hall

Clinical Characterization of TCF7L2-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (TRND) in 75 Patients, the Largest Cohort Reported to Date

Sally Nijim - Every Cure

Sally Nijim is the Chief of Staff and Biomedical Leadership Fellow, Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN), the Center for Cytokine Storm Treatment & Laboratory (CSTL), and Every Cure

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9:00am

Merrill Hall

Early Life Gut Inflammation Disrupts Microbiota-Microglial Communication and Sex-Specific Behavioral Development

Annie Ciernia PhD - University of British Columbia

Annie Ciernia is an Assistant Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Understanding Gene Expression in the Brain, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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9:30am

Merrill Hall

The Metabolic Basis for Levofolinate Treatment in Autism: Folate Absorption and Distribution in the Rat

Edward Quadros PhD - SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Edward Quadros is a researcher at the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, SUNY – Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

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10:00am

Merrill Hall

Autoantibody and Cytokine Biomarker Discovery in Patients with Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Shannon Rose PhD - University of Tennessee

Shannon Rose, Associate Professor at the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing, TN

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10:30am

Merrill Hall

Calcium Transients in Microglia Regulates Autism-Specific Behaviors

Naveen Nagarajan PhD - University of Utah
Naveen Nagarajan PhD, neuroscience researcher, University of Utah
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11:00am

Merrill Hall

Sex-Dependent, Dopamine-Driven Serotonin Plasticities in an ASD Mouse Model

Randy Blakely PhD - Florida Atlantic University
Randy Blakely PhD is the Executive Director at the Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute and Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine
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11:30am

Merrill Hall

Dysregulation of Parvalbumin Interneurons as a Pathway to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lior Brimberg PhD - Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

Lior Brimberg PhD, Assistant Professor at Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

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12:00pm - 1:00pm

LUNCH

brain investigator presentations

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1:00pm

Merrill Hall

Redox Regulation of the NLRP3 Inflammasome and Its Implications for Autism and Vaccination

Richard Deth PhD - Nova Southeastern University
Richard Deth PhD, Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, FL
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1:30PM

Merrill Hall

Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction in Pediatric Acute Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS); Regulatory Mechanisms

Ayan Mondal PhD - Stanford University
Ayan Mondal PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University School of Medicine
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2:00PM

Merrill Hall

Neurodevelopmental Disorder in a Dish: Cell Culture Models for Intellectual Disability Mechanisms

Christopher Patzke PhD - University of Notre Dame

Christopher Patzke PhD, John M. and Mary Jo Boler Assistant Professor at the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases, Department of Biological Sciences, 109A Galvin Life Science Center, University of Notre Dame

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2:30PM

Merrill Hall

Characterizing Dynamics of Auditory Sensitivities

Adam Naples PhD - Yale School of Medicine
Adam Naples PhD, Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine
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3:00PM

Merrill Hall

Blood Biomarker for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Validation

Dwight German PhD - University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dwight German PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, TX
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3:30PM

Merrill Hall

Evaluation of Novel Treatment Strategies in Genetic Mouse Models of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Maltesh Kambali PhD - University ofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign
Maltesh Kambali PhD, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Comparative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign, IL
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4:00PM

Merrill Hall

Modeling Brain Overgrowth in Autism Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells

Sundari Chetty PhD - Harvard Medical School

Sundari Chetty PhD, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

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4:30PM

Merrill Hall

Unveiling the Pathophysiological Role of Peroxynitrite-Induced Redox Signaling in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Adrien Eshraghi MD, MSc, FACS - University of Miami

Adrien Eshraghi PhD, Professor of Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering, Director, Hearing Research and Communication Laboratory; Co-Director, UHealth Ear Institute, Vice-Speaker, Medical Faculty Council; Chief, Jackson Memorial Otology and Neurology Clinics University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Fl

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5:00PM - 7:00PM

surf & sand

Mentor-Mentee session

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6:00pm

Dinner/Music

Sunday, July 14

public talks

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8:00am

Merrill Hall

Transgenerational Inherited (Non-Genetic?) Metabolic Disorders

Richard Frye MD, PhD - Neurodevelopmental Precision Medicine
Richard Frye MD, PhD is a Behavioral Child Neurologist, Neurodevelopmental Precision Medicine
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8:30am

Merrill Hall

Redefining Autism

John Gaitanis MD - Brown University
John Gaitanis MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Brown University, Pediatric neurologist, Hasbro Children’s Hospital
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9:00am

Merrill Hall

New Insights into Mechanisms of Speech Impairment in Autism

Carly Demopoulos PhD - UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences School of Medicine
Carly Demopoulos PhD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences School of Medicine
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9:30am

Merrill Hall

Training Context-Based Emotion Processing in Autism with Guided-Attention Tasks

Jefferson Ortega - University of California, Berkeley

Jefferson Ortega, Graduate student, Cognitive Neuroscience, The Whitney Lab for Perception and Action, University of California, Berkeley

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10:00am

Merrill Hall

Imaging Neuromodulation in the Brain with Near-Infrared Fluorescent Nanosensors

Markita Landry PhD - University of California, Berkeley
Markita Landry PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California-Berkeley
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10:30am

Merrill Hall

The Mitochondrial Engines of Child Development—Persistence of the Newborn-like Excitatory Purine Network in 5-Year-Old Children with ASD

Robert Naviaux MD, PhD - UCSD School of Medicine

Robert Naviaux MD, PhD, Professor of Genetics, Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pathology, Co-director, The Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center (MMDC), UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego,CA

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11:00am

Merrill Hall

tbc

Pramila Srinivasan PhD - The BRAIN Foundation
Pramila Srinivasan PhD, Founder, The BRAIN Foundation
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11:30am

Merrill Hall

The Role of Federal Autism Coordination in
Shaping National Autism Research Priorities

Susan Daniels PhD - IACC, NIMH/NIH

Susan Daniels PhD, National Autism Coordinator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Director, Office of National Autism Coordination
Executive Secretary, Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, National Institute of Mental Health/National Institutes of Health

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12:00pm - 1:00pm

LUNCH

panel discussion

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1:00pm - 1:30pm

Merrill Hall

New Frontiers in Speech Decoding and Synthesis Using Brain Computer Interface (research from UCSF, UC Berkeley, Stanford University)

Expert discussion panel

Gopala Anumachipalli PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, Laura Gwilliams PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology and, by courtesy, of Linguistics, Stanford Psychology, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and Stanford Data Science, Stanford University, CA

panel discussion

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1:30-4:00pm

Merrill Hall

Unraveling Complex Cases: Physicians discuss case studies from the audience

Expert review of complex cases submitted by audience
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4:15pm

Close/photographs

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