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Posted by [email protected] on May 24, 2000 at 09:34:38:

A Conference for Professionals and Parents

OCTOBER 14-15, 2000

Orlando 2000 has been organized by parents, the Autism Recovery Network of Florida and Repligen Corporation in order to give parents and professionals increased access to the most current and scientifically valid information concerning the biology of autism.

We have assembled a panel of leading research scientists and clinicians, including experts in the areas of gastrointestinal, immune, metabolic and neuroendocrine systems, who will describe the biology of these systems and their dysregulation in autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). In each case, the objective will be to make complex biology meaningful to conference participants. Parents and professionals who have a clear and scientifically sound overview of the biology relevant to autism, will be better equipped to understand the underlying issues and to work toward resolution of the biological problems that pertain to their children and patients.

With the alarming increase in the numbers of children being diagnosed with ASD, the urgency of characterizing the diverse biology and the timely diagnosis and treatment of co-morbidities in autism will be a resounding message throughout this conference.

Here is an overview of areas to be covered:

1. Gastrointestinal issues in autism, including gut function, gut permeability, secretin biology, opioids, food intolerances and results from endoscopies on autistic children.

2. Immune system function in autism, with emphasis on mucosal immunity and inflammation, regulatory cytokines, the autoimmune hypotheses and allergies.

3. Neurotransmitters and the interaction of the nervous system with the endocrine, gastrointestinal and immune systems. Evidence for imbalances in neurotransmitter levels and the role of serotonin in the gut.

4. Metabolic issues will include purine and pyrimidine metabolism as well as other errors of metabolism that can be present in autistic spectrum disorders and a critical evaluation of screening for metabolic disorders.

In addition to the formal presentations, we are planning an "Ask the Doctor" session on Sunday afternoon in which three physicians will share their experiences in treating various co-morbidities of ASD children. This session will be driven by questions from the audience on topics as diverse as GI problems, ear and respiratory infections, nutritional supplements, sleep irregularities, food intolerances and problem behaviors with an emphasis on practical treatment protocols.

Our esteemed panel of speakers will include Michael Gershon M.D. (Columbia
University), Diane Chugani Ph.D. (Wayne State Medical Center), Ted Page M.D.
(UCSD Medical Center), Walter Herlihy Ph.D. (Repligen Corporation), Simon
Murch, M.D. (Royal Free Hospital), Esther Sternberg, M.D. (NIH) Scott
Sicherer M.D. (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine), Jessica Hellings M.D.
(University of Kansas Medical Center), James Rusche (Repligen Corporation) and three highly qualified physicians to lead the "Ask the Doctor" segment on Sunday.

Registration fees for the conference are $160 before August 1, 2000 and $180 from August 1, 2000 until the date of the conference. This conference is sure to fill up soon, so early registration is recommended. Included in the cost of the registration, all attendees will receive relevant reference and educational materials. All proceeds from the Conference will be used to fund academic research directed towards a better understanding of the biology of ASD.

This important event is being held at the spacious and convenient Orlando Airport Hyatt. A special rate of $109 per night is being offered for conference attendees. Rooms will go quickly, so make your reservations now by calling the Orlando Airport Hyatt at (407) 825-1234, or visit their web site at For anyone needing special accomodations or amenities, please contact us.

A welcome reception will be held on Friday night, hosted by the Autism Recovery Network and all registrants are invited. A special community-oriented event is in the planning stages for Saturday night; details will be provided soon.

To receive a brochure with registration materials, please email your name, address and telephone number to [email protected], or call, toll free, 877-452-ORL2 (877-452-6752), or for Orlando area residents, call 407-695-6092.

If you are a parent or professional seeking to provide autistic children with the best that science and medicine has to offer, and to work to erode the myths that stand in the way of effective treatments for autistic spectrum disorders, we hope to see you in Orlando in October.

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