Autism in the Developing World

Autism in the Developing World, a presentation by Dr. Dhavendra Kumar, was originally debuted at ICare4Autism’s 2010 International Autism Conference. The conference was held in Jerusalem, Israel at the Ramada- Renaissance and attracted over 600 attendees from around the globe. Thirty autism experts spoke at the event.

About Dr. Kumar

Dr. Dhavendra Kumar is Consultant in Clinical Genetics at the University Hospital of Wales and Hon. Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Medical Genetics, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. He is the lead Clinical Geneticist for Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics.

After qualifying in Medicine from the King George’s Medical College, University of Lucknow, India, he completed postgraduate training in Pediatrics with an MD. Since 1980, he has pursued a career in Medical Genetics in the UK. In 1990, he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics (FACMG), at Royal Colleges of Physicians (FRCP-London and FRCP-Ireland) and Pediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH-UK).

Photo Credit: Wallace Karabe

He has published three books (Genetic disorders of the Indian Subcontinent– Springer/Kluwer, 2004; Genomics and Clinical Medicine– Oxford University Press,2008; and Principles and Practice of Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics– Oxford University Press,2010) and has several publications in pediatrics and clinical genetics. He established and developed a new biomedical journal (Genomic Medicine-Springer) that led to setting up the official journal of the Human Genome Organization (‘The HUGO Journal’). He serves as a member of the HUGO Council, Editor-in-Chief of the HUGO Journal, member of the HUGO publications committee and Council member of the UK Association for Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions. He is the current Chair of the HUGO Workshop on Genetics and Genomics for Developing World.

Dr. Kumar’s current clinical and research interests include clinical cardiovascular genetics, applications of genomics in medicine and human health and promoting genetics and genomics for improving the health in emerging economies of the developing world. He is actively involved in promoting medical genetics and genomics in developing countries through education programs and establishing a comprehensive database on genomic variation and genetic disorders across several developing countries.

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