Past Event

Autism, Genetics, and Identity: Exploring the Complexities of Autism Genetics Research

June 11, 2019
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Faculty House, Columbia University, New York

Event Description:

Decades of research into the genetics of autism have revealed remarkable complexity. Not only is there no single gene for autism, numerous genetic changes can underlie the condition. With this surprisingly intricate genetic story has come an increasingly nuanced picture of how people with autism and their families understand the condition and make sense of autism genetics research. 

Beginning with the work of Prof. Jennifer S. Singh, author of the book Multiple Autisms: Spectrums of Advocacy and Genomic Science (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), this conference will explore how autism emerged as a genetic disorder, what has been learned, and what is currently under study. Speakers from social science, genetics, and autism advocacy will explore how genetics research affects those who study autism and those who live with it.

Event Information: 

This half-day conference is free and open to researchers, scholars, and interested members of the Columbia University community, local colleges and universities, journalists, and the general public.

Registration via the event webpage is required as space is limited. Register online or email [email protected] by May 27, 2019. The event webpage also features the full schedule and speaker lists. 

This event is organized by the Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications

Please visit the Faculty House website for directions.