INSAR 2020 Virtual
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Live Keynote Webinars with Q&A - Free Event

Wednesday June 3, 2020: 8:45 AM ET - 2:30 PM ET

Agenda and Registration Now Available

Sven Bolte, Ph.D. - 9:00 AM ET

Sven Bölte, Ph.D., is professor of child and adolescent psychiatric science at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet (KI), and senior clinical psychologist at the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Center for Psychiatry Research, Stockholm County Council, Sweden. He is director of the KI Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (“KIND”), editor of AUTISM, The Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychiatry, and associate editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. He is among other things founder of the Scientific Society Autism Spectrum ( and international ADOS and ADI-R trainer. For his work, he has received several recognitions, such as the ”Life Watch Nordiska Priset”, ”Årets Ljus” (Society Attention), Psynk award GNET” (Sweden’s Municipalities & Regions), Autism CRC (Australia) Achievement in Autism Research and was inducted as an INSAR Fellow in 2018. Professor Bölte has published more than 350 original articles, reviews, book chapters, assessment and intervention tools in the field of autism spectrum, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental conditions, and has been cited more than 17,500
times (H-index 58).

Emily Simonoff, M.D., FRCPsych - 10:00 AM ET 

 Emily Simonoff is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, where she is also head of the Department. She is also academic lead for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Clinical Academic Group at the South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust. She in a UK National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator and Senior Clinical Advisor to the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  She has been a member of two NICE Guidelines groups for autism and a member of the Strategy Board for the UK National Autism Project. She has been a member of the Westminster Commission for Autism and has given evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism.  Emily receives research funding related to autism from the Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute of Health and Research EU Innovative Medicines Initiative, amongst other organization. She is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Maudsley-based Service for Complex Autism and Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders, funded by NHS England to see children and young people across the southern region with  complex presentations.

Lamya Shihabuddin, Ph.D. - 12:00 PM ET

Lamya Shihabuddin is Head of the Neurogenetic, Neuroinflammatory and Repair Research Cluster in the Rare and Neuroscience Research Therapeutic Area at Sanofi, based in Framingham, MA.

Lamya received an M.Sc. in Neurophysiology from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Miami. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA, in Rusty Gage’s lab, where she explored the biology and use of adult derived neural stem cells for neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injury.

Lamya joined Genzyme in 2000, working on cell therapies for lysosomal storage diseases and other discovery projects in neurodegenerative diseases. Since 2006, she has led neurologic rare disease discovery projects.  As Cluster Head, she leads project teams and labs working on small molecule, gene and RNAi therapeutics for genetically linked, and rare neurological diseases including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as Multiple sclerosis.

Lamya has authored more than 70 scientific articles and book chapters and is a co-author on more than 30 published patents. Lamya has given numerous scientific lectures and presentations at national and international meetings and leading academic institutions. Lamya is a member of Society for Neuroscience, Movement Disorder Society, and American Society for of Cell and Gene Therapy. She is also member of several Neuroscience foundations and societies, a member of FNIH biomarker consortium, a member of the Neurological Sciences and Disorders (NSD-B) Subcommittee of the NINDS, and a regular reviewer for several journals.

Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. -  1:00 PM ET 

 Dr. Gordon received his MD/PhD degree at the University of California, San Francisco and completed his Psychiatry residency and research fellowship at Columbia University. He joined the Columbia faculty in 2004 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry where he conducted research, taught residents, and maintained a general psychiatry practice. In September of 2016, he became the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Gordon’s research focuses on the analysis of neural activity in mice carrying mutations of relevance to psychiatric disease. His lab studies genetic models of these diseases from an integrative neuroscience perspective, focused on understanding how a given disease mutation leads to a behavioral phenotype across multiple levels of analysis. To this end, he employs a range of systems neuroscience techniques, including in vivo anesthetized and awake behaving recordings and optogenetics, which is the use of light to control neural activity. His work has direct relevance to schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and depression.

Dr. Gordon’s work has been recognized by several prestigious awards, including the The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation – NARSAD Young Investigator Award, the Rising Star Award from the International Mental Health Research Organization, the A.E. Bennett Research Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry, and the Daniel H. Efron Research Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

All INSAR 2020 Abstracts: Available Online Beginning June 3

Check back here for information on accessing e-Posters and the 2020 Abstract Book.

Additional On-Demand Content : Coming Soon

INSAR 2020 online content to be released after June 3, including:

Keynote Webinar recordings
Various sessions planned for INSAR 2020 being developed into webinars
Meet the Experts (Student Membership Required)
Special Interest Groups (INSAR Membership Required)
> plus more...

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