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'Brain Fires in Autism: Mast Cells, Microglia and Brain Inflammation'
Dr Theoharis C. Theoharides, BA, MS, MPhil, PhD, MD, FAAAAI

Autism remains without effective treatment due to the lack of distinct pathogenesis and objective biomarkers. In addition to the typical symptoms of autism, many children have allergic problems, especially food intolerance, which involves activation of mast cells. Recent epidemiological studies have shown a strong statistical correlation between the risk for autism and either maternal or infantile atopic diseases, such as asthma, eczema, food allergies and food intolerance, all of which involve activation of mast cells. Moreover, it has been reported that the risk of autism is ten times higher than the general population in mastocytosis, a disorder characterized by increased number of hyperactive mast cells. Mast cells could contribute to focal brain inflammation and autism through different ways and their regulation could have important therapeutic benefit in autism.

‘Evidence-based Medical Diagnostics in Autism – How it can help your child ’
Agnieszka Wroczyńska MD PhD

Recent scientific evidence shows that many medical conditions are not only highly prevalent in individuals autism and contribute to lower quality of life, high mortality and early deaths, but can often contribute to overall severity of autism symptoms. Many of those conditions can both be ruled out and, when identified, can be treated with existing evidence-based treatments. This talk will focus on when (which symptoms) and how (which tests) to go about identifying possible underlying or comorbid medical conditions in autism, such as inborn errors of metabolism, mitochondrial dysfunction, epilepsy and subclinical epileptiform discharges; gastrointestinal disorders with high prevalence in autism such as celiac disease, reflux disorders and eosinophilic esophagitis; immune dysfunction and allergies, mast cell activation disorders, autoimmune encephalitis, PANDAS/PANS and others. Dr Wroczyńska is a board certified internal medicine specialist. She works as attending physician in the Department of Tropical and Parasitic Diseases and academic teacher at the Medical University of Gdansk. She has published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals, conference presentations and book chapters. Since 2014 she has been the physician in charge of her 10 years old son with autism and complex medical issues.


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Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us at irina@treatingautism.org.uk

Tel: 07510933282

Can I bring children to the event?

No. The event is aimed at parents and not appropriate for children. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide childcare facilities, nor there is space to accommodate children. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes. However, if someone else is coming instead of you, please let us know by email.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We will have your name on the door, but please bring the ticket along, if you are able to print it at home. You can also show it to us at the door on your phone screen.

What is the refund policy?

Tickets cancelled no later than three days before the event will be refunded in full. We cannot offer refunds for tickets cancelled on or after 24 November 2017.

I am a Treating Autism member. Why am I required to purchase a ticket?

Treating Autism members need to book their ticket and confirm attendance through the standard booking procedure. We are unable to process reservations in a different way. If you are a member of Treating Autism, you will receive a full refund for your purchased ticket shortly after attending the event. Please note that refunds can only be issued to members who attend the event, or to those who cancel their booking no later than 24 November 2017.

For those who are not members of Treating Autism, there will be an opportunity to join as a member on the day, in which case a full refund will also be issued.

Can tickets be purchased at the door?

Yes, subject to availability. However, booking in advance is recommended, as we cannot guarantee that there will be spaces available at the door.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Details on the venue and how to get there can be found on our hosts' website:

https://conwayhall.org.uk/about/visiting-us/


Note: We have a number of free tickets available for parents who are not members, but are unable to afford the fee. Please write to us at mail@treatingautism.org.uk to request a free admission


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