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A.J. Drexel Autism Institute 2018 Director's Lecture

The Director’s Lecture is intended to provide a forum for the presentation of cutting edge science related to the Institute’s autism public health mission. An internationally recognized researcher is invited each year to present emerging findings or novel methods related to modifiable autism risk factors, early detection and intervention, or life course outcomes.

Air pollution and Autism: Problems with live birth bias and novel methods to explore it

Marc G. Weisskopf, Ph.D., Sc.D.
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Live birth bias is a potentially common, but under acknowledged, form of selection bias that can occur in the study of conditions with prenatal origins. This talk presented the problem of live-birth bias and offer a new approach for considering this challenge in making causal inferences.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
12:00-1:30 PM

Lebow Engineering Center, Room 240
31st and Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Dr. Marc Weisskopf

Dr. Weisskopf received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco, and his Sc.D. in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He also spent two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working on environmental health issues in the Wisconsin State Health Department. His neuroscience work focused on molecular and cellular aspects of neural signaling and plasticity. His epidemiological work focuses on the influence of environmental exposures on brain health across the life course. In particular, his research focuses on environmental risk factors for outcomes such as autism spectrum disorders, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive function, and psychiatric conditions. Dr. Weisskopf also explores the use of physiologically-based methods for assessing toxicant effects on the brain, and epidemiological methods issues that relate to environmental health studies.

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Roots, Rock & Research

A Benefit Concert for the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

Saturday, October 13, 2018
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
World Cafe Live

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Join us for a night of music and fun as we proudly present our second annual benefit concert, Roots, Rock, and Research (RRR), to benefit the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute which focuses on autism research from a public health perspective.

Inspired by the unifying power of music, RRR brings together a diverse community of autism supporters, music lovers, neighbors, researchers and alumni, friends and family of Drexel University to celebrate and support the advancement of autism research.

Featuring Jeremiah TallWest Philadelphia Orchestra and our headliner, California Honeydrops!

Can't attend? Make a gift online directly to the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute to support autism research and programs that help those with autism.

A special thank you to our generous sponsors:

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A Benefit Concert for the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute


RRR posterSunday, October 8, 2017
5:30 pm -10:00 pm

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 

Roots, Rock, and Research was the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute's first benefit concert. The money raised supported autism research done at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute - a one of a kind research institution that focuses on autism research from a public health perspective.

Inspired by the unifying power of music, RRR engaged a diverse community of autism supporters, music lovers, neighbors, researchers and the friends and family of Drexel University.

Held at the renowned World Café Live in Philadelphia, the evening featured performances by Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution, No Good Sister, and Jeremiah Tall.

Make a gift online directly to the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute to support autism research and programs that help those living with autism.

We would like to thank the generosity of our sponsors in making this concert possible and for their support of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute:

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Friday, October 14, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm

Mitchell Auditorium
3128 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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The Autism Institute hosted a film screening of Trauma Warriors followed by a panel discussion about autism and trauma led by Dr. Valerie Paradiz, director of the Autistic Global Initiative, and Dr. Connor Kerns, Assistant Research Professor at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. The 40ÔÇÉminute film features adults with autism as they discuss the effects of trauma in childhood and their survivorship stories as adults. Many people with autism experience trauma and are bullied at school or as adults, harassed at the workplace or in public, often leading them down the difficult path of developing other disorders such as PTSD.

This event was hosted by the Life Course Outcomes Research Program and the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.


Friday, October 16, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Philadelphia Autism Project, the first municipal-level initiative to improve the lives of individuals living with autism, hosted a one-day conference for self-advocates, family members, and professionals. The conference provided concrete tools, innovative strategies, and vital resources for Philadelphians impacted by autism across the spectrum and lifespan. Attendees directly connected with leaders in the education, clinical, policy, and research fields. Participants learned about the project’s exciting new community engagement efforts and how the project can support individuals with autism and their families. This conference enhanced individual-level advocacy skills and strengthen and unify Philadelphia’s grassroots advocacy movement to affect change.


Asperger's Are Us Comedy Night poster

Friday, May 29, 2015
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Mitchell Auditorium
3128 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Drexel University hosted Asperger's Are Us, the first-ever comedy troupe composed of people on the autism spectrum. They group has performed absurdist and satirical sketches since 2010. The group's performance will be followed by pizza and a Q&A session. Admission is free. This event is brought to you by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel Autism Support Program, Drexel Learning Center, and the Office of Academic Advising, Retention, and Diversity.

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Creating Integrated Health Care Services for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This conference is presented by Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions and the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute

Saturday, November 8th, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Drexel University Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

An interdisciplinary conference for healthcare professionals and students in nursing, medicine, dentistry, physical and occupational therapies, health counseling, health education and other health-related professions.

Keynote: Catherine Rice, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Speakers: James Connell, PhD, Psychologist and Behavioral Analyst, Drexel University
Marcia R. Gardner, PhD, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Seton Hall U
Jennifer Harrison Elder, PhD, RN, Associate Dean, University of Florida
David Mandell, ScD, Services Research Scientist, UPENN, School of Medicine
Judith Miller, PhD, Psychologist, The Children Hospital of Philadelphia
Craig Newschaffer, PhD, Epidemiologist, Drexel University
Romy Nocera, PhD, Director of Clinical Research Emergency Dept, Hahnemann Hospital
Beth Pfeiffer, PhD, Occupational/Rehabilitation Specialist, Temple University
Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, Epidemiologist, UPENN, School of Nursing
Lindsay Shea, DrPH, Project Director AJ Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel U
Margaret C. Souders, PhD, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, The Children Hospital of Philadelphia
Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, Pediatrician, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Carl V. Tyler, MD, MSc, Physician and Geriatrics Research Director, The Cleveland Clinic

Session Moderators include: Diana Robins, PhD; Paul Shattuck, PhD

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Please join  

John A. Fry
President, Drexel University
as we proudly present

A. J. Drexel Autism Institute’s Mobile REACH
(Resources and Education for Autism and Community Health)

Thursday, May 29, 2014
2 - 4 p.m.

2 p.m. Presentation followed by Community Celebration and Tours
Drexel Quad
Between Chestnut & Market Streets / 32nd & 33rd Streets


A.J. Drexel Autism Institute recently created a custom-outfitted van, called Mobile REACH, to extend autism outreach and clinical research activities into the community. Mobile REACH – for Resources and Education for Autism and Community Health – embodies the A. J. Drexel Autism Institute’s mission to address autism as a public health issue – providing access to information and services for autism, and doing so at a wide-reaching scale.
Mobile REACH will travel to individuals and families who aren’t able to easily reach West Philadelphia. The mobile outreach unit will travel throughout Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley and into suburban and rural Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware areas and will also go to community outreach events to help people learn about the A. J. Drexel Autism Institute, resources, services and supports available to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.