Autism Symposium May 7 at Stanford University, Sponsored by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health

* Event theme of “Understanding the Puzzle” helps parents make sense of
how new research could affect their children’s lives

STANFORD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Raising a child with autism, parents can struggle to piece together all
the information they receive. News of possible therapies, novel
brain-science discoveries, and individual anecdotes about others’
treatment experiences may leave them wondering: How could this help my

Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
and Stanford Children’s Health
are here to help parents understand the puzzle. On May 7, the hospital
presents its ninth annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update, an event
that gives members of the community a chance to learn about new autism
research and therapies.

This year’s conference includes keynote presentations by internationally
renowned autism experts Catherine Lord, PhD, and Peter Mundy, PhD, in
addition to Stanford researchers, including
Menon, PhD

Lord, of Weill Cornell Medicine at Cornell University, is a leading
autism authority who is helping transform the way this disorder is
diagnosed and treated. She will discuss the rationale and impact of the
new diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder that came into
effect in 2013, with publication of the DSM-5. Mundy, of the University
of California-Davis, will speak about a core autism deficit, lack of
joint attention. Many scientists theorize that this inability to gesture
or talk with another person about an interesting object or event may
underlie other problems in autism.

“We’re excited about all parts of the program this year,” said Antonio
Hardan, MD
, chief of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
at the Stanford University School of Medicine and director of the Stanford
Autism Center at Packard Children’s Hospital
. “It’s great to be able
to present our cutting-edge Stanford research, and we are especially
glad to be bringing Dr. Lord and Dr. Mundy to Stanford in response to
parents’ interests.”

In addition to the keynote presentations, Stanford autism
experts will discuss a wide cross-section of topics, including new
research findings in many areas of autism science from stem cell
research to innovative clinical trials. The day will include breakout
sessions with time for Q&A with speakers.

The complete program is online at

Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center, Stanford
University, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford, Calif. Register online at

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m.)

Parents, teachers, pediatricians, psychologists,
caregivers and anyone with an interest in autism spectrum disorder are
invited to attend. Register online at
The $125 registration fee includes a continental breakfast and a buffet
lunch. Media may attend free of charge through the contact below.

About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at
its core, is the largest Bay Area health care enterprise exclusively
dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Long recognized by U.S.
News & World Report
as one of America’s best, we are a leader in
world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every
pediatric and obstetric specialty, with care ranging from the routine to
rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with our Stanford
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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Samantha Dorman,