Neuroscience Seminar & Networking Event

Translational approaches to the study of Autism Spectrum Disorders: methodological and technical trends, innovations, and challenges

The meeting will take place in the City Tap House in Washington DC on November 10, the day preceding the Society for Neuroscience annual convention.


We will bring together scientists from around the world to discuss methods and techniques in translational neuroscience in an interactive way while enjoying the informal café atmosphere.

The translation from neuron to clinical symptoms, and from animal model to patient, represents a fundamental frontier. Invited speakers will present methods, techniques and innovations in the area of translational neuroscience applied to the study of autism and engage in an interactive discussion with other participants to address important questions: What developments can be seen in autism research? Which measurement technologies have been applied to preclinical and clinical research? How have these techniques contributed to our understanding of disease mechanisms and potential treatment of autism? What successes can be celebrated and what challenges are we facing?


  • Dr. Eva Loth (chair), Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK
    "An integrative approach to identifying new treatment targets and biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder: the EU-AIMS project"

  • Dr. Lucas Noldus (host), Noldus Information Technology, Wageningen, The Netherlands
    "Welcome and overview”

  • Dr. Jacqueline Crawley, MIND Institute, University of California Davis School of Medicine , CA, U.S.A.
    "Preclinical discovery of pharmacological therapeutics for autism using mouse models of social deficits and repetitive behaviors"

  • Dr. Derek Buhl and Radka Graf, Internal Medicine Research Unit – Neuroscience, Pfizer Inc., Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.
    "mGluR1-mediated stereotypic behavior in a Shank2 rat model of autism: a multi-site validation study with the EU-AIMS initiative"

  • Dr. Michael Murias, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Durham, NC, U.S.A.
    "EthoVision tracking of human social behavior"

  • Dr. Barbara Thompson, Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
    "Detailed characterization of social and emotional behaviors in young children"


Registration is closed.

A variety of drinks and delicious finger foods will be served. After the talks and discussions, we will enjoy some beer tasting with automatic facial expression analysis using our FaceReader software!


From 3-6 pm, the City Tap House of DC offers a unique ambiance for our seminar and networking event. After the event, it will turn into a restaurant. Offering craft brews from around the country–and the world–authentic, brick oven-cooked pizza, and elevated, American pub fare, City Tap House has updated the gastropub experience. Focusing on a rustic, yet comfortable, bar and dining atmosphere featuring reclaimed barn wood and repurposed steel, you can enjoy private dining as well as a lively bar scene. City Tap House offers guests the best–and most exciting–new bar and restaurant experience in Washington, DC.

Address: City Tap House of DC – Penn Quarter, 901 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001,

Friday, 10 November, 2017
City Tap House, Washington, DC