Piven to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Joe Piven, MD, will headline the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ weekly Science Café on Thursday, August 24.

Piven to headline Science Café at NC Museum of Natural Sciences click to enlarge Joe Piven, MD

Joe Piven, MD, will headline the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ weekly Science Café on Thursday, August 24. Piven will discuss the way he and his research team used MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will go on to develop autism as toddlers. The research was published in Nature in February and garnered national attention.

The event will take place on Thursday, August 24, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, which is located at 11 West Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. The event is free and open to the public.

Piven is the Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and and Director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. He has conducted research on autism for almost 30 years. His latest research suggests that brain changes characterized by brain scans during this early period can accurately predict those children who will go on to have a later diagnosis of autism. This new research holds considerable promise for pre-symptomatic detection and treatment during a period when the brain is most malleable and most likely to respond to intervention.

More information about the event is available here.

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