SOURCE: Georgia Clinical Trials

Georgia Clinical Trials

November 21, 2013 15:05 ET

Internationally Known Autism Expert Ami Klin to Speak at Clinical Research Conference on December 4, 2013

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - Nov 21, 2013) - Ami Klin, PhD, one of the world's foremost authorities on pediatric autism, will be the opening speaker at the second annual Clinical Research in Georgia Conference. The Conference will be held on December 4th, 2013, at the Academy of Medicine in the heart of midtown Atlanta. The theme is "From Cradle to Rocker" and the Conference will spotlight innovations that impact different stages of life, from pediatrics to middle age to senior care.

Klin is helping lead a breakthrough effort to improve the early detection of autism and recently co-authored a study that has gained national attention. The groundbreaking study, led by Klin and Warren Jones, PhD, identified signs of autism present in the first months of life, offering hope for earlier detection and intervention.

Researchers at Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine followed babies from birth until 3 years of age, using eye-tracking technology to measure the way infants look at and respond to social cues. Infants later diagnosed with autism showed a decline in attention to the eyes of other people from the age of 2 months onwards.

Klin's presentation at the Clinical Research in Georgia Conference is titled: "Bringing Science to the Community: a New System of Healthcare Delivery for Infants and Toddlers with Autism." Klin is director of Marcus Autism Center, chief of the Division of Autism & Related Disorders in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.

The Conference provides valuable information for those involved with research and raises national awareness of Georgia as a highly desirable site for clinical trials. The Conference is presented by the Metro Atlanta Chamber with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and leading academic institutions.

Information on the conference and registration is available at

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