Center for Autism Research
The Center for Autism Research (CAR)
Distinguished Lecture Series Presents 

"Autism: Epidemiology and Etiology"

Presented by:

  Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH

MacInnes/Independence Professor and Chair

Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and School of Medicine


Thursday January 17, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
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Abramson Research Center, Room 123 ABC
3615 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Please allow yourself 10-15 minutes to park and walk to the building.


Accreditation Statement 

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


AMA Credit Designation Statement 

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


APA Accreditation Statement 

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Act 48 Credits will also be available 



Dr. Pinto-Martin received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. She serves as the Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Public Health Initiatives and Penn's Masters of Public Health Program. Dr. Pinto-Martin began her career as an epidemiologist working on the Neonatal Brain Hemorrhage (NBH) Study, a longitudinal study of brain injury in low birth weight infants, which had continuous NIH support from 1984 through 2010 and conducted five separate assessments of the cohort. Dr. Pinto-Martin's current research focus is the epidemiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and her most recent NIH grant assessed the prevalence of ASD in the NBH cohort. The results, recently published in Pediatrics, report a 5-fold increase in the rate of ASD among those born preterm. Dr. Pinto-Martin is the Principal Investigator of the Pennsylvania Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (PA-CADDRE), one of six such centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the prevalence and etiology of ASD. PA-CADDRE is currently in the midst of data collection for the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED), a multi-site, case-control study of the risk factors associated with ASD.  


Our understanding of the prevalence of ASD and risk factors contributing to it have advanced considerably in the last decade. In this lecture, Dr. Pinto-Martin will highlight the Centers for Disease Control data on the rise in prevalence and discuss the factors contributing to the rise. She will also review the key research findings on non-genetic contribution to risk.


This lecture is intended for families of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder and for professionals supporting individuals on the autism spectrum. We also invite anyone who is interested in learning more about ASD.


 Upon completion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss data on prevalence of ASD and factors contributing to its rise over that last decade.
  2. Explain how disease prevalence can be affected by change in the risk of acquiring the disease as well as change in awareness and ascertainment of the disease.
  3. Discuss some of the latest findings on risk for ASD such as parental age, immune disorders and pregnancy and labor and delivery factors.
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Event Contact:
Julianne Fretz
Center for Autism Research (CAR) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia