5025.1: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

The Changing Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders

This session will address current questions in the epidemiology of autism and pervasive developmental disorders, including issues of increasing prevalence, more frequently reported clusters, extent of societal burden and unknown etiology. Topics include development of surveillance systems for autism/PDD, etiology of autism/PDD, including possible heritable genetic determinants and environmental and gene-environmental determinants, autism clusters, experiences from past/ongoing investigations, and prospects for the future
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Presider(s):Craig J. Newschaffer, PhD
8:30 AMIntroductory presentation: Secular trends in autism prevalence
Craig J. Newschaffer, PhD
8:45 AMExamining the prevalence of autism in community-based studies
Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, J Bertrand, CC Murphy, M Yeargin-Allsopp, MD
9:05 AMGenetics and the etiology of autism spectrum disorders
Susan Folstein, MD
9:25 AMEnvironmental factors in the etiology of autism spectrum disorders
Frank J Bove, ScD
9:45 AMQ&A session
Cosponsors:Disability Forum; Mental Health

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA