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Meetings & Social Gatherings

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First Thursdays

We are instituting a First Thursdays with USCAND social gathering that will take place monthly at the Graduate. All are invited to socialize and build our community of researchers focused on autism and neurodevelopment. Join us on the patio outside of The Graduate, conveniently located on the main campus (1619 Pendleton St). The bar serves drinks and food.

Past Events

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April 27, 2022

 We'll be at Institute for Mind and Brain (1800 Gervais St.) from 1 to 4:30 pm. 

Stop by at your leisure to check out the following:

-Flash Talks from CAN Pilot Award Recipients
-Coffee & Networking Break
-Student and Trainee Flash Talks
-Science Cluster Conversation Hour to connect researchers with similar interests and support collaborative efforts
-Optional Happy Hour 

Visiting Scientist Seminar Series

USCAND invites eminent scholars in autism and neurodevelopmental disorders to share their research with the UofSC community.

Upcoming Seminars

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Dr. Brooke Ingersoll

Associate Professor and Director of the MSU Autism Lab, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

"Increasing Access to Parent-Mediated Interventions for Autism in the Community:
Project ImPACT as a Case Example"
Parent-mediated intervention has a growing evidence base and is considered best practices in comprehensive care for autistic children. However, research suggests that it is under-utilized in community settings. Project ImPACT is a parent-mediated, naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention (NDBI) that was developed with the explicit goal of facilitating the use of PMI by community providers. This talk will discuss the research supporting its development, as well as training and program adaptations that can support its use in a wider range of community settings, with the goal of increasing access to parent-mediated interventions for young autistic children and their families.

Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Close-Hipp 841 /  Eastview Conference Room

Free seminar. BCBAs can register for CEs at under Events.  

Past Seminars

February 9, 2022

"mRNA Transport, Local Translation & Neurological Disease"
Gary J. Bassell, Ph.D.

December 8, 2021

"Measuring Anxiety in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Lawrence Scahill, Ph.D.

February 9, 2021

Neurobiologically-Grounded Signatures of Autism in Infants
Kristina Denisova, Ph.D.

February 2, 2021

Effect of early-life immune activation on the ontogeny of learning: Importance for understanding the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders
Jaclyn M. Schwarz, Ph.D.

January 28, 2021

Hiding in Plain Sight? A Deeper Look at Females on the Autism Spectrum
Clare Harrop, Ph.D.

October 21, 2020

Progress in Biomarker Development in Autism
James McPartland, Ph.D.

February 20, 2020

Understanding (and Supporting) Autistic Girls Through Multi-Method Quantitative Phenotyping 
Julia Parish-Morris, Ph.D.

February 11, 2020

Catch Me If You Can: Novel Mechanisms of Social Functioning and Intervention in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Matthew D. Lerner, Ph.D.

February 10, 2020

Unraveling Mechanisms of Social Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Katrina Choe

February 5, 2020

Dimensions and Taxons: Catalyzing a New Frontier in Autism Research
Jed Elison, Ph.D.

February 2, 2020

Bridging the Gap from Genes to Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Benjamin Auerbach

January 28, 2020

Getting Answers from Babies About Autism
Mayada Elsabbagh, Ph.D.

January 21, 2020

Astrocyte-Neuron Communication During Synapse Development for Health and Disease
Dr. Isabella Farhy-Tselnicke

January 16, 2020

Translating EEG Biomarkers in Autism and Fragile X Syndrome: From Mice to Microstates to Minocycline
Lauren Etheridge, Ph.D.

January 13, 2020

Local Protein Synthesis During Neural Development: implications for Health and Disease
Dr. Kristy Welshhans


Community Events

2022 Stress Neurobiology Workshop

The 2022 Stress Neurobiology Workshop  will be held in Columbia, SC at the Pastides Alumni Center (next to the Hilton Columbia Center) from May 10th through May 13th, 2022!  

This is an international gathering focused on the impacts of stress on brain and behavior. This is a great meeting for trainees!

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.