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 Dr. Lucina Q. Uddin

Dr. Uddin's keynote address is titled: Brain Connectivity in Autism



Brain structural and functional development underlies the maturation of increasingly sophisticated cognitive abilities. High-level attentional and cognitive control processes rely on the integrity of, and dynamic interactions between, several core neurocognitive networks. In autism spectrum disorder (ASD), some of these developmental processes are atypical. In this talk I will describe studies examining the development of functional brain connections in ASD, and show that functional connectivity-based classification can be used to successfully discriminate children with autism from their typically developing peers. In describing these empirical findings, I will introduce the most commonly used methods to study the development of brain connectivity, and discuss studies in the field of autism neuroimaging to highlight open questions and controversies.