Lead Autism Investigator to Present Links Between Genes and the Environment

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CONTACT:     Denise D. Resnik
                                        Stephanie Jarnagan
                                    (602) 956-8834

LEAD AUTISM INVESTIGATOR TO PRESENT LINKS 
BETWEEN GENES AND THE ENVIRONMENT 

Psychiatrist Antonio M. Persico of University “Campus Bio-Medico” in Rome, Italy
to visit the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, Present Free Lecture

Antonio M. Persico, associate professor in physiology at the University “Campus Bio-Medico” in Rome, Italy, will discuss the latest research on the genetics of autism genetics at the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) at 4 p.m.  Thursday, Nov.  1. During the presentation, which is open to the public, Persico will provide an overview of the links between autism and the immune system and conclude with a question-and-answer session. 

Persico, lead researcher at the Lab of Molecular Psychiatry and Neurogenetics, discovered the role of the Reelin gene in autistic behavior. Persico also conducts crucial investigations in gene-environment interactions and their links to  autism disorder. 

WHAT:    Antonio M. Persico, M.D., lead autism researcher from the University “Campus Bio-Medico” in Rome, Italy, to present “Recent Advancements in Autism Research: When Genetics Meets the Immune System” about his discoveries of gene-environmental links to autism 

WHERE:       Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
        Don & Sybil Harrington Campus for Exceptional Children
        300 N. 18th Street, Phoenix 

WHEN:         4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1

COST:           Free

CONTACT:  To attend, RSVP to Jeannette Reece at (602) 340-8717 or jreece@autismcenter.org
 
The Distinguished Lecture Series was made possible by a grant from the BHHS Legacy Foundation.  To learn more about the Legacy Foundation, please visit bhhslegacy.org

For more information about SARRC, call (602) 340-8717 or visit www.autismcenter.org