Neuroscientist to Speak about Autism

Darryl B. Hood, Ph.D.
"Particles Perturb Plasticity and Phenotypes"
November 12, 5:00 p.m.
PPHAC, Room 102

How gene-environment interactions contribute to the
risk for autism spectrum disorders. Reception to follow.

Darryl Hood, renowned among neuroscientists for his research on autism, will lecture at Moravian College on November 12. While in the Lehigh Valley, November 11-13, he also will visit with neuroscience faculty members and students at Moravian, Muhlenberg, Cedar Crest, Lafayette, and Lehigh. 

"Dr. Hood is highly regarded for his work," said Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the Moravian neuroscience program. "I am delighted he is willing to give up several days of his time to visit with our faculty and undergraduates."  While visiting classes and research labs at Moravian and other local colleges, he will speak with students about careers in the neurosciences. 

Dr. Hood is a professor with the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology Center in Environmental Health Disparities & Medicine of Meharry Medical College and Department of Pharmacology of The Brain Institute of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. For more than a decade, he has researched the effects of environmental contaminants on the developing nervous system of children, particularly during infancy, when important circuit connections first form in the brain. The contaminants of immediate concern to minority communities are emission by-products from industrial polluters.

The event is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Professor Fox, who is president of the chapter, was awarded a grant from the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) to fund Professor Hood's visit. The visit is part of the SfN Grass Traveling Scientist program.