Announcing a Talk and Question & Answer Panel Discussion for Parents, Families, and the Public  

Understanding Autism and How Research Can Help: An Overview of a Whole-Body Approach to Autism

Dr. Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D.Logo Concord SEPAC
Pediatric Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and
             Director of the TRANSCEND Research Program

Thursday, April 30, 2009

7:00pm-8:30pm Presentation
8:30pm-9:00pm Panel Discussion

Alcott School Auditorium
      93 Laurel Street
  Concord, MA  01742

A whole-body approach to autism

Applying a whole-body approach to treatment and research

Linking brain, body and behavior to other autism features such as:
  • Seizures
  • Sensory Problems
  • Sleep Problems
  • GI and Immune Issues
  • Studying a whole-body approach to autism development starting from infancy

Question & Answer PANEL Discussion with TRANSCEND Investigators

The whole body approach looks at the brain not just as an
information- processing computer but also as a physical organ that is part of
the body. Changes in the way the brain processes sensory, emotional and
social information might come from physical changes in the cells of the
brain related to a physical illness in the body (especially immune
problems), and not from the brain developing differently on its own.
Whole-body research explores the links between the behavioral manifestations
of autism and the health problems commonly seen in the autistic population,
and investigates avenues for integrative treatment.

Dr. Martha Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical
School, a Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in
Boston, a member of the MGH Center for Morphometric Analysis, and an
affiliate of the Harvard-MIT- MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. She
is director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research and
Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) in Lexington.

This event is free and open to the public, so please invite others that
may also be interested. RSVP is requested but not required.

To RSVP (requested but not required), for more information or to join our
mailing list please email:  WeTranscend@

Visit the TRANSCEND Research Program website:

Sponsored by the Concord SEPAC

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