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'Gastrointestinal Conditions in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders'

Sponsored by Autism Speaks, the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the American Academy of Pediatrics

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) will host one of the largest gatherings of researchers, clinicians and pediatric specialists to better understand the gastrointestinal (GI) problems in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The meeting will be held Sunday November 15, 2009, from 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor Md.

The goals of this meeting are to raise awareness among specialists about GI disorders in autism; to educate clinicians and researchers on the latest scientific information on the pathophysiology, evaluation, and treatment of ASD-GI disorders; and to identify critical areas for research for ASD-GI disorders. Nationally and internationally known speakers will address issues such as intestinal permeability, inflammatory processes, motility, nutrition, and the epidemiology, clinical phenotypes and management of GI issues in ASD.

Recent studies indicate that ASDs affect up to one in 91 individuals in the U.S. and an estimated one percent of people worldwide. Studies suggest that GI concerns are common among individuals with ASD. For many individuals, GI symptoms are of significant concern and may contribute to challenging behaviors such as posturing, self injury and outbursts resulting from GI discomfort.

This symposium was spearheaded by the leadership of Autism Speaks' Autism Treatment Network (ATN), a network of medical centers dedicated to improving the health and healthcare of individuals with autism. Co-chairs for the meeting are George Fuchs, M.D., Chair of the ATN Gastroenterology Committee and Daniel Coury, M.D., ATN Medical Director.


WHO: GI researchers, clinicians, autism specialists, and pediatricians from across the US in one of the largest gatherings devoted to a better understanding of GI problems in children with autism spectrum disorders

WHERE: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Md. 20745

WHEN: SUNDAY, November 15, 2009 8:00am - 3:30pm


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Speakers may be subject to change. Consult the program - available at registration.

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This event will be held as a supplement to the NASPGHAN Annual Meeting November 12-14 2009 also at the National Harbor, Md.

About Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks funds more than $30 million each year in new autism research, including support for the Autism Treatment Network, Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, Autism Clinical Trials Network, Autism Tissue Program and a range of other scientific and medical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and an award-winning, multi-year national public service advertising campaign with the Ad Council. Autism Speaks' family services efforts include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit and the distribution of community grants to local service providers. Its government relations department, through its Autism Votes initiative, has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the federal government's response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to require insurers to cover medically-necessary autism therapies. Each year, Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising events are held in more than 80 cities across the country, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit For more information on the Autism Treatment Network, go to or


The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, founded in 1972, is the only society in North America and the largest in the world, dedicated to serving the Pediatric Gastroenterology and nutrition communities. NASPGHAN was established to advance the understanding of the normal development and physiology of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver in infants, children, and adolescents, and to foster the dissemination of this knowledge through scientific meetings, professional education, public education, and interaction with other organizations concerned with Pediatric Gastroenterology and nutrition. To learn more about NASPGHAN, please visit

About the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. To learn more about the American Academy of Pediatrics, please visit

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