ESCAP 2017 state of the art lecture by professor Dr Marie Schaer (University of Geneva, Switzerland) on translating the latest findings in autism from research into clinical practice.
AbstractAutism has become a topic of intense research over the last decade, with a burst of published studies covering both clinical and neuroscience topics. Progressively, these studies impact the way we think about autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and the way we diagnose and treat affected individuals. For instance, a large body of clinical research has shown that early and intensive interventions dramatically decrease the social deficits and learning difficulties faced by affected children. Concomitantly, many neuroscience studies have sought to understand why the first three years of life may represent a “window of opportunity” when therapeutic interventions yield the most optimal long-term benefits. Neurosciences studies using techniques such as eye-tracking and neuroimaging have started to examine much younger individuals, with the goal to identify predictors of autism, as well as to provide opportunities to improve therapeutic strategies.