Autism conference planned Friday

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 11:42 p.m.
The University of Florida will host a one-day conference on autism Friday in the McKnight Brain Institute.
Autism is a complex developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life, although it is sometimes diagnosed much later. It is believed to affect as many as 1.5 million American children and adults. Asperger's syndrome is a related, milder condition.
Both affect the brain's normal development of social and communication skills, and both are linked to abnormal biology and neurochemistry in the brain.
Friday's featured speaker is Ami Klin, an associate professor of child psychology and psychiatry in the Child Study Center of Yale University. Klin will speak on "Eye-Tracking Studies of Social Engagement in Autism and Related Disorders" at 1:30 p.m.
His talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session at 3:15 p.m. featuring several UF experts in autism.
All sessions will be held in the DeWeese Auditorium of the McKnight Brain Institute and are open to the public. Call 392-3611 for additional information.
Diane Chun can be reached at (352) 374-5041 or

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