Course Information

Advances in Autism 2021

Live Virtual Learning

April 30, 2021

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This annual symposium, now virtual, is designed for all those interested in learning about the latest breakthroughs in research and treatment in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including health care providers, teachers, autism service providers, and families. Nationally renowned UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) faculty will present the most up-to-date infor-mation about ASD.

Pre-recorded talks on-demand will be available for viewing two weeks before the live event. The symposium will cover topics such as challenging behaviors, conducting an autism assessment during the pandemic, up to date information about ASD across the lifespan, the experience of living with autism, and the role of a parent advocate in accelerating research in neurodevelopmental disorders.

On Friday, April 30, 2021, a live discussion will be presented along with a Q and A session with the featured speakers. Participants will be able to submit questions while viewing the pre-recorded talks before the event through this website as well as during the day of the live event.

Please note: The pre-recorded talks alone are not certified for CME credits. Registrants must watch the pre-recorded talks AND attend the live portion of the course to claim CME credits. Registrants who do not attend the live virtual meeting cannot claim credits for this event.

Target Audience

This annual symposium, which this year will include both live and recorded presentations, is designed for all those interested in learning about the latest breakthroughs in research and treatment in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including health care providers, teachers, autism service providers, and families.

There are 2 steps to complete this course:

 

  1. Watch the pre-recorded talks on-demand, available for viewing two weeks before, and three weeks after, the live event.
  2. Join the live virtual discussion on Friday, April 30, 2021, from 9 am – 1 pm.

Please note: The pre-recorded talks alone are not certified for CME credits. Registrants must watch the pre-recorded talks AND attend the live portion of the course to claim CME credits. Registrants who do not attend the live virtual meeting cannot claim credits for this event.

Enrollment

To enroll click here.

*Note: To ensure course material is received before the course begins, early registration is advised. Online registration will close at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, April 28th.

Enrollment after online registration has closed:

  • Option 1: Please call (310) 794 – 2620 between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time) by Thursday, April 29th.
  • Option 2: Email us between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time) at UCLACME@mednet.ucla.edu by Thursday, April 29th.

Enrollment on the day(s) of the course: Registration will only be accepted between 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time). Please leave a voicemail with your name, callback number, and the course you’d like to attend. An assistant will return your call  during that timeframe to enroll you in the course.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620.

Course Fees

  • Physicians & Doctoral Level: $195.00
  • Nurses and Allied Health Professionals: $165.00
  • Non-Healthcare: $90.00

Refunds

Cancellations must be received in writing by Friday, April 16, 2021 and will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.

Symposium Chairs

Daniel H. Geschwind, MD, PhD
Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor
Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry and Human Genetics*
Senior Associate Dean
Associate Vice Chancellor
Precision Health Director
Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Susan Bookheimer, PhD
Joaquin Fuster Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience*
Director, Staglin IMHRO MRI Laboratory
Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Co-Director, UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

UCLA Course Faculty

Michael Gandal, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences*
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Amanda Gulsrud, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences*
Clinical Director, Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental (CAN) Clinic
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Shafali Spurling Jeste, MD
Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Neurology and Pediatrics*
Director, UCLA CARING Clinic
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Connie Kasari, PhD
Professor of Human Development and Psychiatry*
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD
Associate Clinical Professor*
Founder and Director, UCLA PEERS Clinic
Training Director, UCLA Tarjan Center UCEDD
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Catherine Lord, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Education*
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Benjamin Schneider, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor*
Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Associate Director, Child and Adult Neurodevelopment (CAN) Clinic
Medical Director, UCLA ABC Partial Hospitalization Program

Rujuta B. Wilson, MD
Assistant Professor in Pediatric Neurology and Psychiatry*
Associate Program Director
Pediatric Neurology UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

*David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Guest Speakers

Allyson Berent, DVM, DACVIM
Director, Interventional Endoscopy Services
Staff Internal Medicine Specialist
Animal Medical Center

Nathan Call, PhD, BCBA
Clinical Director- Marcus Autism Center
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine

John Constantino, MD, PhD
Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Psyschiatrist-In-Chief, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Director, William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Co-Director, Intellectual and Developmental
Disabilities Research Center

John Elder Robison
Author
Neurodiversity Scholar at the College of William & Mary

Friday, April 30, 2021

9:00 am (PST) Welcome and Introduction
Daniel H. Geschwind, MD, PhD
KEYNOTE 1
9:15 am Addressing Challenging Behavior Exhibited by Children with ASD: A Research Continuum
Speaker: Nathan Call, PhD, BCBA
Moderator: Rujuta Wilson, MD
KEYNOTE 2
9:45 am Autism Assessment During Social Distancing: What We’re Learning?
Speaker: Catherine Lord, PhD
Moderator: Benjamin Schneider, MD
10:15 am Break
GENETICS & PARENT ADVOCATE
10:25 am How Genetics Informs Our Understanding of ASD
Daniel H. Geschwind, MD, PhD

From Impossible to Possible: A Personal Journey Through Drug Development
Speaker: Allyson Berent, DVM, DACVIM
Moderator: Shafali Spurling Jeste, MD
HEALTH DISPARITIES
11:10 am Genetic Epidemiology and Pathways to Equity in Autism
Speaker: John Constantino, MD, PhD
Moderator: Connie Kasari, PhD
11:40 am Break
ADULT INTERVENTION
11:50 am Advances in the Research and Treatment of Adults with ASD
Speakers: Amanda Gulsrud, PhD & Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD
Moderator: Michael Gandal, MD, PhD
SELF-ADVOCATE
12:20 pm TBD
Speaker: John Elder Robison
Moderator: Susan Bookheimer, PhD
12:50 pm Adjourn
Dan Geschwind, MD, PhD

At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Address challenging behaviors for children with ASD
  • Incorporate knowledge about the BOSA, an autism assessment, during apandemic
  • Integrate genetics into our understanding of ASD
  • Learn about the personal journey of a parent and a self-advocate
  • Review pathways leading to equity in autism
  • Describe advances in treatment and research for adults with ASD
  • Inform families of children with ASD about the current goals and newapproaches to intervention research in ASD

Accreditation Disclaimer

To claim the maximum 11.75 CME credits for this activity, participants must view all pre-recordings and attend the live virtual event on April 30th. Physicians should claim only the credit(s) commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Accreditation Statement

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.75  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit(s) commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.

The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.