UCI autism experts to address State Senate Select Committee about new model for autism research/treatment

Representatives from the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders will address members of the State Senate Select Committee on Autism & Related Disorders on “Entrepreneurial Philanthropy: An Important Model for Autism Research & Treatment in the 21st Century.”

When and where

Wednesday, November 13, 10:00am – 12:00pm
The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 2500 Red Hill Ave., Santa Ana, CA.
The event will also be video-streamed on the Select Committee’s website

Speakers include
  • Dr. Ralph V. Clayman, dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine, who will talk about the need for research support in a time of state and federal budget cuts.
  • William Thompson, past-CEO of PIMCO and co-founder of the William and Nancy Thompson Foundation for Autism, who will talk about entrepreneurial philanthropy for autism research and treatment
  • Christina Altmayer, executive director, The Children & Families Commission of Orange County, who will discuss the need for early intervention.
  • Dr. Joseph Donnelly, director of the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, who will discuss the distinctive four-pillar approach of treatment, research, teaching and community behind the Center.
  • Dr. John Jay Gargus, director of the Center for Autism Research & Translation at UC Irvine, who will discuss translational research and drug discovery efforts to further autism treatments.
  • Gillian Hayes, associate professor of informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences at UC Irvine, who will discuss the role of technology and educational outreach.

This informational hearing, which will be led by State Sen. Lou Correa, will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities that currently exist in academia with regards to autism research and treatment. This hearing will explore how modern research endeavors and technological applications, pioneered at UC Irvine and in Orange County, may also promote future advancements in research treatment and public-private partnerships.

Through a first-of-its-kind public/private partnership, the William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County provided $14.8 million to create The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, which brings a unique multidisciplinary focus on clinical care, education, research and community support.

The Center currently provides evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, support, education and advocacy for Orange County children with a wide range of developmental, behavioral or learning issues including autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  At its new Santa Ana location, services are provided in a child-welcoming environment by a professional team dedicated to family-centered care. The team includes a pediatric neurologist, developmental-behavioral pediatricians, a pediatric nurse practitioner and social workers.

The Center is a partnership among the UC Irvine Health School of Medicine, CHOC Children’s, Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies, the William & Nancy Thompson Family Foundation and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. For more: http://thecenter4autism.org/.