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The 23rd Annual Princeton Lecture Series

PLS-1The tradition of The Princeton Lecture Series continues with this year’s event scheduled to take place on April 6th and 7th. For over two decades, this renowned series has attracted the best and brightest minds in the field of autism spectrum disorders with such luminaries as Oliver Sacks, MD, Temple Grandin, PhD and Ivar Lovaas, PhD as a few of the many outstanding presenters. Eden’s Princeton Lecture Series, now in it’s 23rd year, has been consistently carried out with a clear and simple mission: to bring distinguished professionals in the field of autism together for a day of sharing research, data, experience, and inspiration. This year’s event promises to be another valuable opportunity for direct care staff, teachers, and families to learn about the latest developments in the field of autism research and services.

We invite you to join us on April 6th and 7th, along with our panel of experts who will present on the latest science and findings. This year‘s presenters, experts who have made notable contributions to autism services and research will present new findings and raise awareness on the following topics:

Learn more about this year’s presenters and their areas of expertise below.

ALESSIO FASANO, MD, Mass General Hospital for Children
Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Paradigm of What Can Go Wrong in the Gut-Brain Cross Talk

Alessio Fasano, MD, is the W. Allan Walker Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). His visionary research, which established the rate of celiac disease at one in 133 people, led to the awareness of celiac disease as a growing public health problem in the United States. Dr. Fasano founded the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment in 1996, where he treats adults and children for gluten-related disorders. A passionate advocate for collaboration in research and clinical work, Dr. Fasano recently authored Gluten Freedom to provide patients, healthcare providers and general readers an evidence-based yet entertaining book to dispel confusion about gluten and how it can affect your health. Dr. Fasano is widely sought after as an expert in celiac disease, intestinal permeability and autoimmune disorders and has been featured in media outlets around the world, including National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Mail, Elle, TIME and other online and media outlets.

CRAIG NEWSCHAFFER, PhD, Drexel University
Does the Environment Contribute to Causing ASD? What We Know and What it Means for Science and Families

Craig Newschaffer, PhD,  is founding director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University as well as a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Associate Dean for Research at the Drexel University School of Public Health. Currently he also serves as Vice President of the International Society for Autism Research.  Dr. Newschaffer is an epidemiologist whose main research focus is the discovery of modifiable autism risk factors.  He is a site PI for a major new initiative out of the NIH Director’s Office, called Environmental Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) project, where his team will study potential environmental risk factors for autism. Dr. Newschaffer has previously directed an NIH Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) project, been a site PI on other major autism epidemiology initiatives, including both the CDC ADDM Network and SEED Study, and led an NIH-funded project testing streamlined approaches to ASD case confirmation for epidemiologic research purposes.  He has served on the DOD Autism Research Program Integration Panel, the Autism Speaks Science Advisory Board, and, on multiple occasions, the IACC Strategic Plan for Autism Research expert review group. Dr. Newschaffer is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and an Associate Editor of the journal Autism Research.

MARY JANE WEISS, PhD, BCBA-D, Endicott College
Teaching meaningful Skills Across the Lifespan: Ensuring that Individuals with Autism Achieve Outcomes that Matter

Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D is a Professor at Endicott College, where she directs the Master’s Program in ABA and Autism and is a mentoring faculty member in the Doctoral program. Dr. Weiss has worked in the field of ABA and Autism for over 30 years. She received her PhD, in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990 and she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. She previously worked for 16 years at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University, where she served as Director of Research and Training and as Clinical Director. Her clinical and research interests center on defining best practice ABA techniques, exploring ways to enhance the ethical conduct of practitioners, evaluating the impact of ABA in learners with autism, teaching social skills to learners with autism, training staff to be optimally effective at instruction, and maximizing family members’ expertise and adaptation. She serves on the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research, is on the Professional Advisory Board of Autism New Jersey, is a regular reviewer for a variety of professional journals, and is a frequent member of service committees for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She is also a Past President of the Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, a former member of the Board of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts, and a former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Autism New Jersey.

In addition, we are honored to have NOAH BRITTON professor, comedian and individual with autism as our special guest.

Noah Britton, MA, is a psychology professor at Bunker Hill Community College. Professor Britton is also known as a comedian, guest lecturer and an individual with autism. He has worked directly with other autistic people since 2005, as counselor, life coach, and self-advocate, including two years on the US government’s Interagency Autism Coordination Committee.

To learn more or to find out how you can register to attend this year’s Princeton Lecture Series click here.