Autism Speaks National Conference for Families and Professionals
1st Annual Autism Investment Conference
26 July 26 - July 27, 2013
The Hilton Columbus at Easton Columbus, Ohio

Confirmed Speakers

Clara Lajonchere, PhD  photo

Clara Lajonchere, PhD

Vice President, Clinical Programs

Autism Speaks

Dr. Lajonchere currently serves as Vice President of Clinical Programs at Autism Speaks where she oversees a diverse portfolio of clinical programs and research resources that serve to facilitate basic and translational research for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  These include the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) and the Autism Treatment Network (ATN).  Dr. Lajonchere has significant experience in biobanking, the development of clinical and research registries and multi-site collaborative networks geared towards the rapid discovery, dissemination and implementation of autism treatments, guidelines and clinical tools for the community.  

Dr. Lajonchere is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at USC’s Keck School of Medicine and Research Assistant Professor at University of Southern California’s (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering, through which she serves as Principal Investigator and Director of the NIH-funded Center for Genomic and Phenomic Studies in Autism. The goals of the Center are to facilitate genetic and environmental studies on ASDs to accelerate the understanding of the etiology and pathophysiology of ASDs and facilitate discovery of new therapeutics. She has established partnerships with leading autism researchers to increase the depth and breadth of resources across a diversity of disciplines including human genetics, molecular biology, neuroimaging, neuroscience, and psychology. She has been working in the field of psychiatric genetics for the last 20 years and has provided guidance on protocol design, data management, and data collection for basic and clinical research studies.  


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