AIR-P Presents: Environmental Health and Gene-Environment in Relation to Autism


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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
4:00pm ET - 5:00pm ET
Location: Zoom

Webinar Description

This presentation will review literature on environmental factors, and gene-environment interactions, for autism and related traits and discuss gaps and needs for future research studies.

Topics will include:

  • How do environmental factors contribute to Autism?
  • Autism comes from both genetic and environmental factors, though few studies have examined them jointly.
  • Future research needs to more frequently examine modifiable exposures and impacts on traits and disabilities associated with autism.


Heather Volk, PhD, MPH

Dr. Heather E. Volk, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), and jointly appointed in the Departments of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Engineering. She is the Director of the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in the JHSPH, Co-Director of the NICHD-funded Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), and co-Director of the Psychiatric Epidemiology Traning Program, supported by a Institutional Training grant (T32) from the National Institute of Mental Health. She also leads an Autism Centers of Excellent (ACE) Network focused on gene-environment interaction in ASD, ASD related traits, and co-occurring health condition.  She, along with her team, studies how environmental and genetic factors work together to confer likelihood for neurodevelopmental outcomes, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  


Please Note

  • CART captioning will be provided. For additional disability accommodations please email Elizabeth Schnieder at [email protected] two weeks prior to the event with name of event and accommodation preference in your response.
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