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05-23-2013

Clarkson University Researcher to Speak at June 5 Autism Conference

Clarkson Researcher to Speak at June 5 Autism Conference

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Clarkson University Research Assistant Professor Alisa G. Woods of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science will present at the ICare4Autism International Autism Conference on June 5.
 
Alisa WoodsThe annual cross-disciplinary conference focuses on autism treatment and educational initiatives, cutting-edge research from leading institutions, groundwork for effective educational approaches in schools and the most recent findings from the world’s top practitioners. Woods is one of 12 researchers and medical doctors presenting at the conference; she will discuss “Protein Biomarkers in Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
 
Approximately one in 50 school-age children are diagnosed with autism, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 1 million children ages 6 to 17 face formidable challenges in communication, behavior, and social interaction.
 
On June 5, ICare4Autism, the International Center for Autism Research & Education, is gathering leading clinicians and researchers at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. The conference aims to catalyze groundbreaking treatment approaches.
 
Woods works within Clarkson’s Laboratory for Biochemistry and Proteomics and the SUNY Plattsburgh Neuropsychology Clinic and Psychoeducation Services. She focuses on the field of psychobiochemistry, specifically searching for biological indicators for neurodevelopmental disorders and mental illness. Her current research projects include the study of biomarkers for autism spectrum disorder and the long-term consequences of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
 
She received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh, Ph.D. in psychobiology from the University of California Irvine, post-doctoral training in neuroanatomy at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and completed a master's degree in mental health counseling at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her research has been supported by the Redcay Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
 
To register for the event, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5803148373 .
 
Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.
 
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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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