The Burke Medical Research Institute is pleased to welcome Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D. to give the inaugural Akhter Ahsen Lecture in Autism Research on September 16. Dr. Fischbach is chief scientist and fellow of the Simons Foundation and former director of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) from 2006 to 2013. He has also served as dean of the Faculties of Health Science at Columbia University and director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health.
Throughout a renowned career, Dr. Fischbach has studied the formation and maintenance of synapses, and in particular neuromuscular junctions, through which nerve cells transfer information to target muscles. He pioneered the use of cultured neurons and muscle cells to characterize the biochemical, cellular, and electrophysiological mechanisms underlying the development and function of these junctions.
At the Simons Foundation, Dr. Fischbach led SFARI’s mission to advance scientific knowledge of autism and develop therapies for individuals on the autism spectrum. For the Ahsen Lecture, Dr. Fischbach will speak on “The Social Brain: Autism and Related Developmental Disorders.”
The annual Akhter Ahsen Lecture in Autism Research honors Dr. Ahsen’s contributions to autism research and treatment with Eidetic Therapy. It also recognizes the generosity of Dr. Ahsen and Dr. Anna Dolan in supporting autism research the Burke Medical Research Institute.
Location: Billings Building, Rosedale Room
All members of the Burke community and public are welcome.