It is estimated that there are more than 5 million individuals with an autism diagnosis in North America. This means that many of you may know at least one person with autism or have seen an increase in awareness efforts about this disorder. Yet there are still misconceptions about the causes, expression, diagnosis and treatment of this disorder. Join us to talk about the history of autism, what we know and what we don’t know, as well as where current technologies may take us in the future.
Kimberly Carpenter is an Assistant Professor in the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development. She is a translational and clinical neuroscientist focused on two lines of research. First, she is studying how alterations in neural systems contribute to the development of autism and associated disorders, such as anxiety and ADHD. Second, she is developing new technologies for the early identification and treatment of these disorders. Through this work, she aims to increase access to, and provide a solid neurobiological foundation for, evidence-based screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism and associated disorders in young children.