Brain Awareness Week—March 2005

Autism And Related Developmental Disorders

Dr. Cleary with Ryan
Dr. Cleary with Ryan

Question: What tool do we use every second of every day but rarely notice?

Answer: The brain. Often, we become aware of the brain when we or our family and friends realize we cannot do normal things. During the week of March 14th through March 18th the University of Tennessee Neuroscience Institute engaged in activities to enhance the public awareness of the brain and behavior. The flourish of research findings on the brain is revealing some of its deepest mysteries and helping to conquer its most feared disorders and diseases.

Speakers and Organizers at Autism Program
Speakers and Organizers at
Autism Program

On March 16th, 6:30 to 8:30, at the Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center auditorium The University of Tennessee Neuroscience Institute joined with the Community Institute for Early Childhood to present a public program on autism and related disorders. This is a very timely program because of the increasing occurrence of this disorder in children in the Memphis metropolitan area and across the country. This program was designed for a general public audience. Everyone was welcome, particularly parents, caregivers, support groups, teachers and allied professionals. Our speakers were excellent and spoke on what new perspectives were emerging on these disorders from research, the best methods for assessment, and one form of higher functioning autism, Asperger's Syndrome. Parking and refreshments were provided.