Autism expert to deliver Hofman lecture Sept. 9

Author: William G. Gilroy


Dr. Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, associate professor of pediatrics, neurology and biochemistry atRushUniversityMedicalCenterinChicago, will deliver the 14 th annual Emil T. Hofman Lecture at10 a.m.Sept. 9 (Saturday) in the DeBartolo Hall auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

TitledDevelopmental Disorders and Autism: Hints and Paths to Treatment from the Neuroscience of Fragile X Syndrome,the lecture is free and open to the public.

A 1979 graduate of Notre Dame, Berry-Kravis received her medical degree and doctorate from theUniversityofChicagoand completed pediatrics and child neurology fellowships there.

Her major area of research is Fragile X Syndrome, and she established a Chicago-area Fragile X clinic in 1992.Fragile X Syndrome is a family of genetic conditions that is the most common cause of inherited mental impairment. This impairment can range from learning disabilities to more severe cognitiveintellectual disabilities.

Berry-Kravis currently sees 200 patients with Fragile X Syndrome for management of neurological, medical and behavioral issues. She also co-directs the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Rush, including Fragile X DNA analysis.

The Emil T. Hofman Lecture Series is a medical education program sponsored bySt. JosephRegionalMedicalCenterin conjunction with the Notre Dame Alumni Association. The series honors the dean emeritus of the First Year of Studies and professor emeritus of chemistry at Notre Dame. It is estimated that Hofman taught more than 32,000 Notre Dame students, including thousands who are now physicians, engineers and scientists.

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