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Autism Consortium 2010 Symposium: New therapeutics focus, family resource guide announced

Autism Consortium 2010 Symposium: New therapeutics focus, family resource guide announced

Researchers, clinicians and parents gather to discuss latest autism research

Boston – November 1, 2010 – The Autism Consortium, an innovative Boston area collaboration of researchers, clinicians, funders and families dedicated to catalyzing research and enhancing clinical care for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), announced that it will begin a new initiative on Translational Medicine and Autism Therapeutics. The new focus was introduced at the Consortium’s fifth annual symposium held October 26th, 2010, at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

“As scientists are starting to connect genetics to brain function and behavior, we believe it is time to capitalize on these findings and focus our efforts on helping to fulfill the promise of translational medicine for people with autism and their families,” said Peter Barrett, partner in the Life Sciences group at Atlas Venture and chair of the Autism Consortium’s board of directors, who spoke at the Symposium. The annual meeting gave scientists, clinicians, parents and service providers an opportunity to gather to hear about the latest information on causes of autism, research into new methods for diagnosis, and advances in therapeutics for people with autism spectrum disorders.

As part of the new therapeutics initiative, the first session of the afternoon brought together speakers representing clinical trials for therapeutics in three autism-related disorders: Rett Syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis and Fragile X. Capitalizing on this opportunity, Robert Ring, PhD, the Senior Director and Head of the newly established Autism Research Unit within Pfizer Global Research and Development spoke about how academia and the pharmaceutical industry can leverage collaboration in the pursuit of autism therapeutics.

“The future of therapeutic discovery and development for patients living with autism cannot be built without a strong foundation of collaborative partnership between industry and academia,” said Dr. Ring. “Non-profit organizations like the Autism Consortium will be critical partners in bringing these collaborative partnerships together.”

In addition to Pfizer, attendees included representatives from a number of pharmaceutical companies including: Biogen Idec, Bristol Myers Squibb, Hoffman-LaRoche, Merck, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, Seaside Therapeutics, and Shire.

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