23
Feb

An interview with Dr. Stephen Scherer, co-lead of NeuroDevNet’s Autism Research Group, was featured today in a Vancouver Sun article written by NeuroDevNet journalism intern Isabelle Sokolnicka.

“We’ve been trying to understand the genetics of autism for a better part of a decade,” says Dr. Scherer in ‘Opinion: Unravelling mysteries of autism with a cloud database’.

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20
Feb

Yukon MP Ryan Leef attended the Feb. 18 debut of Jacob’s Story, addressing the audience about the state of FASD in Canada and the importance of portraying the personal struggles individuals with the disorder face on a daily basis.

 The play was performed twice at Tabaret Hall at the University of Ottawa - once for UofO education students, and again in the evening for roughly 100 general attendees. Following the play, the audience was invited to participate in a discussion led by Len Whalen, director and writer, Dr. James Reynolds, co-lead of NeuroDevNet’s FASD research group. 

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17
Feb

Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou and Dr. Stephen Scherer were interviewed today on the Current, discussing how conceptions of autism diagnosis, research, treatment, and even the description of the disorder itself will change as a result of findings in a recent whole genome analysis study of families involving autistic siblings.

"Autism study finds no two cases are the same, redefining diagnosis" aired a discussion based on a study published January 30 in JAMA Psychiatry. The study, led by Dr. Scherer, drew from Canadian families with more than one child diagnosed with autism. Multiple insights arise from the discoveries reported in the paper, including the differing genetic makeup found in two-thirds of the siblings in the study, despite their sharing identical diagnoses.

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