Evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Genetics Clinic
January 27th, 2021
The first TACC Research Forum of 2021 will feature Dr. Melissa Carter, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa and staff Clinical Geneticist at the Regional Genetics Program at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). During her talk, Dr. Carter will provide an overview of the field of clinical genetics, while highlighting the genetic evaluation of patients with autism spectrum disorder.
What role does a clinical geneticist play in the evaluation of individuals with autism spectrum disorders? What happens in a genetics clinic? How are parents counselled regarding the chances of having additional children with ASD? What genetic tests are routinely offered to these patients? This presentation is a basic introduction to the field of clinical genetics and the role of clinical geneticists and genetic counsellors, with an emphasis on the genetic evaluation of patients with ASD.
Dr. Carter specializes in the genetic evaluation of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research interests include delineation of the phenotypic consequences of chromosomal anomalies and elucidation of the genetic etiologies of autism spectrum disorder.