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Oct. 17, 2003 -- No. 549

Neurodevelopmental symposium to feature presentations on autism, other disorders

Tuesday (Oct. 21), 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Medical Biomolecular Research Building, lower auditorium
103 Mason Farm Road, UNC campus

Media representatives are invited to cover the 2003 Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Symposium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event, being held on National Biomedical Research Day, is co-hosted by UNCís Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, department of psychiatry and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded three research center grants to UNC for the study of autism, fragile X syndrome and schizophrenia.

Included among the speakers are the following:

Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Insel will address "Autism: A Disorder of the Social Brain."

Dr. Duane Alexander, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. He will speak on "Mental Retardation-Developmental Disabilities Research: Past, Present, Future."

Dr. Don Bailey, director of the FPG Child Development Institute, W.R. Kenan Jr. distinguished professor in UNCís School of Education and director of the Fragile X Research Center. He will address "Family Adaptation to Fragile X Syndrome."

Dr. Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Thad and Alice Eure distinguished professor of psychiatry, pharmacology and radiology, and director of the Silvio O. Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders. He will speak on the "Neurodevelopment and the Pathogenesis of Schizophrenia."

Dr. Joseph Piven, professor of psychiatry, director of the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center and director of the STAART (Studies to Advance Autism Research and Treatment) Center. Piven will address "Toward the Integration of Gene-Brain-Behavior Relationships in Autism."

For more information on the conference and parking, contact Les Lang at (919) 843-9687 or

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School of Medicine contact: Les Lang, (919) 843-9687 or