Antibodies, Behavior and Cognition: The ABCs of immune-mediated alterations in brain development
Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
About the Speaker
Betty Diamond, M.D., is Investigator and Head at The Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Dr. Diamond’s research has focused on the induction and pathogenicity of anti-DNA antibodies in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. She received the Outstanding Investigator Award of the ACR in 2001, the Lee Howley Award from the Arthritis Foundation in 2002, and the Recognition Award from the National Association of M.D.-Ph.D. Programs in 2004 and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2006.
About the Commentator
Alan S. Brown, M.D., M.P.H., is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Columbia University and is Director of the Unit in Birth Cohort Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Brown’s research has focused on the relationship between prenatal exposure to infectious, immunologic, nutritional, and toxic exposures and risk of these disorders. He recently demonstrated that elevated maternal C-reactive protein, an inflammatory biomarker, is related to a significantly increased risk of autism in the offspring. He is currently leading large, multi-site national birth cohort studies of prenatal biomarkers, developmental pathways, and familial vulnerability based on an archived biobank and nationwide registries in Finland.