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Lemert Lecture: Peter Bearman (Columbia University) - “Understanding the Autism Epidemic”

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May 16, 2013
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM


International House

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This talk considers the causes of the increased prevalence of autism using an unusually rich population level data set (covering over 8 million children born in California) that allows us to consider how individual level risk factors, genetic mechanisms, and environmental factors interact with and are amplified by social dynamics. By focusing on successive birth cohorts we show that many strongly held beliefs about risk factors, genetics, and the environment may need to be revised if we are to understand why prevalence has increased.

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