A Voice For Autism – Sponsored by Michaelson Lab

April 24, 2018 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Englert Theater
221 E Washington St
Iowa City, IA 52240

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The Iowa Neuroscience Institute welcomes Eli Gottlieb, author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice novel Best Boy, and Beth Stevens, MacArthur Fellow and associate professor of neurology at Harvard University, for a FREE, public lecture and panel discussion about the impact of autism on the whole family.

Gottlieb is the author of four novels, two of which, “The Boy Who Went Away” and “Best Boy,” draw upon his experience, first of growing up with an older brother with autism, and later, of arranging the necessary supports for his brother as an adult. His presentation focuses on the ways in which he uses writing both to process his experience and to share his brother’s perspective.

Stevens conducts research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that may contribute to the altered synaptic development that is associated with autism. Stevens is redefining our understanding of how the wiring in the brain occurs and changes in early life and shedding new light on how the nervous and immune systems interact in the brain, both in health and disease.

Gottlieb and Stevens will be joined by a panel of scientists and educators from the University of Iowa’s Iowa Neuroscience Institute for a discussion about autism during which the audience will have opportunities to ask questions.