Northwestern University

Jan
31
Thu 2:00 PM

CANCELLED - Autism: A perspective on the role of science to help address this challenge - Louis F. Reichardt, PhD

CANCELLED

When: Thursday, January 31, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, Baldwin Auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Michelle Mohney   312.503.5602

Group: Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine welcomes you to attend a lecture featuring:

Louis F. Reichardt, PhD
Director, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Biochemistry & Biophysics
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Reichardt will describe his personal perspectives as a basic scientist on the barriers to improving our scientific understanding and treatment of autism and the priorities of SFARI, the largest American philanthropic funder of autism-relevant scientific investigation.

Louis Reichardt, PhD, joined the Simons Foundation to lead SFARI in 2013. Prior to assuming this post, he was the Jack D. and DeLoris Lange endowed chair in cell physiology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he had directed its renowned neuroscience graduate program since 1988. A Fulbright scholar with an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, Reichardt was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and a Howard Hughes investigator for more than 20 years. The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in 1985, he is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was one of three founding editors of the journal Neuron and is a senior editor of the Journal of Cell Biology. He serves on the editorial boards of several other journals as well as the scientific advisory boards of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis Foundation and the Myelin Repair Foundation. Reichardt’s research has focused on neurotrophins, a family of proteins that play a key role in neuron functioning, and on another family of proteins that promote the adhesion of nerve cells to each other. He has made major contributions to the study of intracellular signaling pathways that mediate the effects of these proteins — including the Wnt pathway, which may play a role in autism spectrum disorders. Reichardt is also a noted mountaineer who climbed both Mount Everest and K2 by new routes 30 years ago.

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