Leaders in Research speaker series: Lonnie Zwaigenbaum
"Adventures in ‘Baby-sibs-ing': How a crazy idea to help community physicians catch the first signs of autism led to a new field of research, and personal growth (and angst) along the way…"
Twenty years ago, we were resigned to the idea that autism could rarely be diagnosed before age three or four, even though parents were often concerned much earlier. We couldn’t study autism earlier in life, because children weren’t referred until later, but we didn’t know how to encourage earlier referral, because we weren’t sure what to look for. Knowing that autism runs in the family, we started working with ‘baby sibs’, and as a result, have been able to map out how early behavioral signs develop, and more recently, what the underlying brain mechanisms might be. And none of this would have been possible without great mentorship, dumb luck and this amazing local community, which includes WCHRI and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Lonnie Zwaigenbaum has spent his career working to support optimal development in children with autism though early detection and intervention through his roles as a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Distinguished Researcher within the Stollery Science Lab and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Autism.
Date: May 23
Time: 4–5 p.m.
Location: ECHA 2-150
Refreshments and networking to follow.