NEWS | September 26, 2018

Alan Brown will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Oct. 10


Alan Brown from Columbia University Medical Center will present “Neurodevelopmental risk factors for autism” at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday, Oct. 10 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. The hour-long presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required; however, seating is limited.

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Brown is a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Columbia University and director of the unit in birth cohort studies at New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research focuses on collaborative birth cohort studies of prenatal, perinatal and other early-life exposures in relation to risk of neuropsychiatric disorders in offspring such as autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Brown’s research findings include the identification of maternal infections, inflammatory markers, micronutrient deficiencies, organic pollutants and smoking as risk factors for neuropsychiatric outcomes.

Brown is the principal investigator in large birth cohort studies, including the Finnish Prenatal Studies and the Child Health and Development Studies in California. His work has been published in more than 140 peer-reviewed journals, reviews and book chapters and he has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies. Brown has received numerous accolades such as the AE Bennett Research Award. He is an associate editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry and serves on the editorial board of Schizophrenia Bulletin.

During his talk, Brown will discuss emerging evidence from epidemiologic, clinical, and preclinical studies that indicate environmental exposures, particularly during the prenatal period and early childhood, may play important etiologic roles. Additionally, he will discuss new findings on the relationship between accelerated growth of head circumference in the first year of life and autism risk.

Additional lectures in this series include:

· Nov. 14: “Emotional lives of toddlers with autism spectrum disorder” with Katarzyna Chawarska from Yale University

· Dec. 12: “High quality language environments create high quality learning environments” with Kathryn Hirsch-Pasek from Temple University

· Jan. 9: “Expect more – an adult autism adventure” with Mike Lake from the House of Commons of Canada

· Feb. 13: “Adolescent risk for developing psychosis” with Deanna Barch from Washington University in St. Luis

· Mar. 13 “Altered neurodevelopment in schizophrenia” with Davis Lewis from University of Pittsburgh

· April 10: “Genetic and neurophysiological approaches to tackle neurodevelopmental disorders” with Huda Zoghbi from Baylor College of Medicine

· May 8: “Brain immune interactions in neurodevelopment” with Staci Bilbo from Lurie Center for Autism

These presentations are intended for both professionals and community members. For more information, contact Felicia Carrillo at 916-703-0253 or For media inquiries, contact Dorsey Griffith at 916-734-9118 or