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VTCAR Scientific Speaker Series

VTCAR is organizing a scientific speaker series that invites current and interested affiliates to present current research that may be applicable to ASD. The first speaker within the series will be Dr. Nanda Nanthakumar from the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Gut micriobiomeand genetic polymorphism in inflammation of the neonate and implication in autism spectrum disorders

*Dr. Nanda Nanthakumar*

Biomedical Sciences and Pathology

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of

Veterinary Medicine


*Friday, April 18th , 2014  @ 9:00 am*


Fralin Hall

West Campus Drive

VTCAR Monthly 'Meet and Greet'

2:00-3:00 on the first Thursday of every month, Spring Semester 2014

(February 6; March 6; April 4; May 2)

CSC Conference Room; Collegiate Square, Suite 207

Open to all new and current VTCAR affiliates.  Come discuss ongoing projects and potential collaborations. 

Coffee and Donuts provided!

VTAC Outreach Conference

1st Annual Conference sponsored by the Virginia Autism Clinic (VTAC)

Friday April 11th, 2014: 9:00-3:00 pm

Keynote speaker: Dr. Susan White, VT Clinical Psychology Department

This year's theme focuses on teaching and improving social competence in children, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Download flyer for additional information.

THANK YOU to all who participated in VTCAR Ruby Tuesday Fundraiser

The VTCAR Ruby Tuesday Fundraiser of Fall 2013 was a success! We'd like to thank everyone for coming out and showing their support.  All proceeds will go directly towards the VTCAR assessment efforts as well as support VTCAR research.

Keep an eye out for other VTCAR fundraisers in the future.

Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center (BRAAC) Cookbook NOW ON SALE!

Cookbooks are available at VTAC for a small $15 donation.  Contact us for more details!  There are some yummy recipes inside. 

BRAAC does amazing things for individuals affected by ASD and their families in the southwest Virginia region and beyond.  For more information on BRAAC, visit their website

The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) now providing professional training at businesses and organization

Does your business or group want to learn more about autism/ASD?

As part of VTAC's research mission, VTAC is able to provide lectures or training on ASD topics from early childhood to adulthood, such as early identification, evidence-based assessment and treatments, and transitions, etc.  If you are interested in hosting such a training at your workplace/group or would like more information, please email the VTAC coordinator at or call VTAC at 540-231-2053.

Autism: Forward in an Era of Change

Commonwealth Autism Service 13th Annual Autism Conference

March 12-13, 2014

Wednesday's Keynote Speaker: Christina Whalen, Ph.D., BCBA-D* Building Employment Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders from Middle School to Career

- Evaluation of Functional Life Skills in Teens and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Wednesday's Lunch Presentation: John Elder Robison, author

-During lunch Mr. Robison will speak about raising his son, who was diagnosed with Asperger's, and how he has been diagnosed with Asperger's.  He will talk about coming to terms with being on the spectrum as both a challenge and a unique gift.

Wednesday's Closing Keynote Speaker: John Elder Robison & Maripat Robison

-Couples and Family Relationships

Thursday: Multiple Breakout Sessions!*

*Offering Type 2 CE Credits for Board Certified Behavioral Analysts.  Commonwealth Autism Service is a BACB approved continuing education providers.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI)

Distinguished Scholars Series

Lectures are held in Room M106 of 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke.  They are free and open to the public.  A catered reception is held at 5:00 pm in advance of each lecture and free parking is available in the surface lost across the street.

Download the schedule here for a complete list of speakers and titles for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Upcoming presenters:

March 6, 2014 @ 5:30

Mapping Depression Circuits: Foundation for New Treatment Strategies Using Deep Brain Stimulation

Dr. Helen Mayberg, MD

Dorothy C. Fuqua CHair of Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics

Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology

Emory University School of Medicine

Member, NAS Institute of Medicine

April  3, 2014 @ 5:30

Charting Our Future Together: Envisioning a Diverse, Adaptive, Networked, Biomedical Science Ecosystem

Dr. Gary Gibbons, MD

Director, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

National Institutes of Health

Member, NAS Institute of Medicine

April  10, 2014 @ 5:30

How Viruses Infect the Brain

Dr. Terence S. Dermody, MD

Dorothy Overall Wells Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology

Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Lamb Center for Pediatric Research

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

May 1, 2014 @ 5:30

What Makes the Human Brain Human

Dr. Terrence J. Sejnowksi, MD

Francis Crick Chair, Professor, and Head of Computational Neurology

The Salk Institute

Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Member, NAS Institute of Medicine

Contact Information

Address: 460 Turner Street, Clinical Science Suite (Suite 203), Blacksburg VA
Phone: 540-231-8747

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