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Genes, Environments, and New Frontiers for U.S. Mental Health: Surprising insights from the study of Autism

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM


Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World
1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY– Click Venue Below for Directions)

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: John N. Constantino, M.D., Psychiatrist-In-Chief, St. Louis Children’s Hospital; Blanche F. Ittleson Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics; Director, William Greenleaf Eliot Division of Child Psychiatry; Director, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, Washington University School of Medicine

The human brain and mind have yielded the secrets of their development very slowly to science. Recently, remarkable insights into the mysteries of individual differences in human behavioral traits have come from a very unlikely source, the study of children with often-profoundly-disabling syndromes of social development—the autism spectrum disorders.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Psychiatrist-In-Chief and Director of Washington University School of Medicine’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, Dr. John Constantino, shares how principles by which genes and environment shape brain and behavioral development—as derived from the study of the causation of autism—offer new perspectives on what makes people more or less socially attuned, how they select mates for life, why they are more or less vulnerable to life stressors, and how novel approaches to supporting brain and behavioral development in childhood offer new hope for higher-impact intervention, not only for developmental disorders like autism, but for other common neuropsychiatric impairments of social behavior and regulation of mood.

Genes, Environments, and New Frontiers for U.S. Mental Health is an Evenings on Genetics and Genomics Series Community Event of The Academy of Science – St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, Siteman Cancer Center, and the Children’s Discovery Institute of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

In collaboration with the Science Seminar Series partnership of the The Academy of Science – St. Louis and Saint Louis Zoo.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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