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  • Neurobiological Variability in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Friday, December 14, 2018

    1:30 PM-3:00 PM

    A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Suite 501 — Idea Lab

    • Everyone

    Individuals with autism spectrum disorders are known to vary widely in the type and severity of symptoms they experience. Understanding symptom variability is critical to advance early identification and personalized interventions. Individuals with fragile X syndrome, the leading single gene cause for autism spectrum disorder, can play an important role in understanding autism symptoms. In this talk I will discuss objective metrics of variability in individuals with fragile X syndrome and idiopathic autism spectrum disorders. Specifically, I will discuss neurobiological variability as assessed by multimodal brain imaging (functional and structural MRI) and how this variability can help us further understand the variability and development of behavioral symptoms of autism. Knowledge of neurobiological variability can be used to plan treatments and provide measures of individual response to treatment. I will also discuss applications of non-invasive optical brain imaging (functional near infrared spectroscopy or fNIRS) which can be used to quantify brain functioning in diverse populations and in naturalistic settings. fNIRS offers immense potential as a cost-effective developmental and treatment outcome that can readily be applied in large scale studies and in community settings.

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  • Virtual Preview Day - Prospective MPH Students

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    5:00 PM-6:00 PM

    Virtual

    • Prospective Students
    Unable to make it to campus this fall? Join us for this virtual session to learn how a Master of Public Health degree from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University can help you achieve your academic and professional goals. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the MPH curriculum from Dr. James Buehler, Dornsife School of Public Health Clinical Professor and former Health Commissioner for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Additionally, Dr. Buehler, staff, and current students will be available to address your questions.
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  • Doctoral Thesis Defense: Family Neurologic and Psychiatric History and the Risk of ASD

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    9:00 AM-12:00 AM

    Nesbitt Hall, Room 540

    • Everyone
    Doctoral Program in Epidemiology Thesis Defense

    Thesis Abstract:
    Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is highly heritable, familial, and etiologically complex. How subtypes may differ in heritability and familial risk is not well-understood. In this dissertation, we determined: 
    1). Heritability and familial risk of ASD with and without intellectual disability (ID), and 2). Association between family history of mental and neurologic disorders and each of these ASD subtypes, using population-based register data on index persons and their first- to fourth-degree relatives in Sweden. Heritability was estimated using structural equation models. Familial risk was estimated using multivariable logistic regression. We found that ASD without ID was more heritable and familial than ASD with ID, that both subtypes involve substantial genetic and environmental components, and that their patterns of association with mental and neurologic disorders in relatives were different. These findings encourage us to pursue with examining these phenotypes separately in future ASD risk research and prediction endeavors, and extending the investigation to possible genetic and environmental factors and their potential interactions.

    Biography:
    Sherlly received her Sc.M. degree in Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from University of California, Davis. Sherlly’s areas of research interest include psychiatric and genetic epidemiology with emphasis on autism spectrum disorder, as well as quantitative methods applied in these areas.
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  • Population Health Spotlight: Dwayne C. Proctor, PhD

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019

    2:00 PM-3:30 PM

    Nesbitt Hall, Stein Auditorium

    • Everyone
     
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  • Grantsmanship Training in Collaborative Team-Based Research

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    10:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Main Campus - Location TBD

    • Faculty
     
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  • Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program - Information Session

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    2:00 PM-3:00 PM

    Nesbitt Hall, Room 132

    • Graduate Students

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  • Clinical Research as a Profession

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    10:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Nesbitt Hall, Room 132

    • Everyone

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  • Executive MPH Information Session

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    5:30 PM-6:30 PM

    Nesbitt Hall, Lobby

    • Prospective Students
    Join the Dornsife School of Public Health for an opportunity to learn more about the Executive Master of Public Health program. Designed for working professionals, the Executive Master of Public Health (EMPH) Program is tailored for individuals who are committed to advancing their careers and acquiring the knowledge and tools to advance to leadership roles in public health. Whether already working in public health, a related health care setting or seeking a career change, the program is fast-paced, intensive and demanding, but builds on each individual’s former education, work experience and skills. Program faculty, staff, and current students will be available to address your questions.  
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  • Class Visit Day

    Monday, January 28, 2019

    9:00 AM-12:30 PM

    Nesbitt Hall, Room 240

    • Graduate Students
     
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  • Population Health Spotlight: Laura Punnett, ScD

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    2:00 PM-3:30 PM

    Nesbitt Hall, Stein Auditorium

    • Everyone
    Population Health Spotlight III
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