Advances in autism diagnosis, treatment topic of psychiatry educational symposium

September 6, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Nicolette Jett

The University of Toledo’s Department of Psychiatry and the Center for Continuing Medical Education invite the medical community of northwest Ohio to learn about the latest advances in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders at the 29th Annual Psychopharmacology Update.

The symposium, “New Developments in Basic Science and Clinical Approach to Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in the McMaster Center of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library downtown.

The forum provides psychiatrists, psychologists and other health professionals with the latest topics in psychiatry. Each attendee will leave the 2011 event with a better understanding of the pathology regarding autism and Asperger’s syndrome and interventions that are the future in care for difficult to treat patients.

“The department’s mission is to educate colleagues and practitioners in the community about the latest biological advancements in psychiatry,” said Dr. Daniel Rapport, UT associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of Consultation Liaison Services. “In the past 30 years, there have been tremendous advancements regarding the improvement of diagnosing a patient and the various treatments regarding autism and Asperger’s syndrome. This forum is beneficial in helping the medical community of Toledo and northwest Ohio gain knowledge of the advancements and treatments for the well-being of patients.”

Four keynote speakers will share their expertise about advances in treatment of autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The speakers are:

• Dr. S. Hossein Fatemi, professor of psychiatry, pharmacology and neuroscience, and associate chair for neuroscience and translational research at the University of Minnesota;

• Dr. Theodor Rais, UT assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Child and Adolescent Residency Training Program;

• Dr. Kimberly Hunter, UT assistant professor of psychiatry; and

• Dr. Tanvir Singh, medical director of Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit at the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Participants can register at the event. Fees are $75 for health professionals, $50 for UT faculty and staff, and $25 for UT residents and students with lunch (free without lunch).

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