Clarkson prof to present at ICare4Autism International Autism Conference
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 10:04 am

POTSDAM -- Clarkson University professor Alisa G. Woods of the department of chemistry and biomolecular science will present at the ICare4Autism International Autism Conference June 5.

The annual cross-disciplinary conference focuses on autism treatment and educational initiatives, cutting-edge research from leading institutions, groundwork for effective educational approaches in schools and the most recent findings from the world’s top practitioners.

Woods is one of 12 researchers and medical doctors who will present at the conference. She will discuss “Protein Biomarkers in Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Approximately one in 50 school-age children are diagnosed with autism, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 1 million children ages 6 to 17 face formidable challenges in communication, behavior and social interaction.

Woods works within Clarkson’s Laboratory for Biochemistry and Proteomics and the SUNY Plattsburgh Neuropsychology Clinic and Psychoeducation Services.

She focuses on the field of psychobiochemistry, specifically searching for biological indicators for neurodevelopmental disorders and mental illness.

Her current research projects include the study of biomarkers for autism spectrum disorder and the long-term consequences of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

She received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh, Ph.D. in psychobiology from the University of California Irvine, post-doctoral training in neuroanatomy at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and completed a master's degree in mental health counseling at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Her research has been supported by the Redcay Foundation, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.