Autism experts gather in Maine

Posted May 12, 2009, at 9:27 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School is among the experts on autism who’ve been scheduled to speak at a conference on the subject in Augusta.

Martha Herbert will discuss the newest research on the causes of autism, including genetic and environmental theories, at Tuesday’s daylong conference. It is sponsored by the Maine Center for Disease Control and about 250 people were registered to attend.

The conference recognizes that autism is a highly-charged and polarizing subject. It features several nationally recognized and Maine-based experts. Participants will hear updates on the latest science on possible causes, diagnostic tools, and treatments of autism.

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