Autism experts give free lecture

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter

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Two of the country's leading experts on autism will give a free public lecture this week.

David G. Amaral and Sally J. Rogers, with the UC Davis MIND Institute, will present new research findings that point to the role of prenatal autoimmune factors that lead to abnormal brain development in children with autism; and describe new early intervention programs that work in young children and may help resume normal development trajectories.

The event will also include question-and-answer sessions after each talk.

The lecture begins at 5 p.m. Friday, June 28 at Oregon Health and Science University Auditorium, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, in Portland.

Amaral's research includes studies of the postmortem autistic brain and MRI studies of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Rogers conducts developmental research into autism and other developmental disorders.