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National Expert in Autism to Speak at Asperger's Support Group in Conway, NH November 29

November 15, 2017

Above: Matthew Siegel, M.D. Director of the Developmental Disorders Program of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics of Tufts University and Faculty Scientist at MMCRI

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Contact: Valerie Compagna | 207-661-6633
vcompagna@mainebehavioralhealthcare.org

Maine Behavioral Healthcare and the Asperger's Parents Support Group invite parents of children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum to hear Dr. Matthew Siegel on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 5pm at Granite State College, Room 211-212, 53 Technology Lane, Conway. Dr. Siegel will speak on the SPARK for Autism research project being done in Northern New England on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) have been involved in cutting edge Autism research in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The research is being led by Matthew Siegel, M.D. Director of the Developmental Disorders Program of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics of Tufts University and Faculty Scientist at MMCRI. Dr. Siegel is nationally recognized for his research involving children with autism, intellectual disability and co-occurring emotional and behavioral disorders.

SPARK is a landmark autism research project to advance understanding of autism. Maine Behavioral Healthcare is the Northern New England (NNE) clinical site working to encourage participation in the study. SPARK NNE is one of 25 sites across the United States identifying the hundreds of autism genes with the hope of understanding how the brain is different in individuals with autism and potentially finding targets to develop medications which may be able to support individuals with this diagnosis.  In a genetic study of this scope, it is important to collect not only DNA from the person with autism but also that of both of his/her biological parents (a ‘trio’). Trios enable scientists to identify whether an autism gene was passed down from a parent or ‘sprung up’ in a different way. SPARK NNE seeks to enroll 250 trios this year within Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Dr. Siegel's talk will have a brief presentation on SPARK, genetics involved in their research and will facilitate a discussion and answer questions about his research and Autism.

The Developmental Disorders Program at Maine Behavioral Healthcare is the only program in Maine where children with a developmental disorder, such as autism or intellectual disability, can access a continuum of intensive treatment from acute hospitalization to day treatment and outpatient care for behavioral and mental health challenges. Learn more at www.mainebehavioralhealthcare.org.

The Asperger's Parents Support Group meets monthly at Granite State College. If you would like more information or would like to get on the Group's email list, please email Ellie Gordon at gordon.ellie@gmail.com.


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