Dr. Eric Hollander Makes an Impact at ICare4Autism Conference

Dr. Eric Hollander addressed hundreds of guests throughout all three days of the 2014 ICare4Autism Conference, emphasizing the importance of implementing global initiatives, as well as sharing his recent scientific research. Dr. Hollander serves as Chairman of the ICare4Autism Advisory Committee, as well as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Hollander was an incredibly instrumental figure of the entire conference, as he focused on various critical topics facing individuals with autism at this current time, as well as ways ICare4Autism is planning to move forward to help those on the spectrum.

On the first day of the conference, June 30th, Dr. Hollander was joined by Dr. Joshua Weinstein, CEO and Founder of ICare4Autism, to introduce ICare4Autism’s Global Autism Workforce Initiatives, as well as other global missions that ICare4Autism is working to fulfill. Dr. Hollander emphasized that as Chairman of ICare4Autism’s Advisory Committee, he is there to provide information and support globally, and he will continue to work internationally to reach those touched by autism who lack the necessary information and opportunities for care. According to Dr. Hollander’s opening remarks, autism is incredibly unique to each individual and therefore it has been historically difficult to try to find what can lead to its development. For example, some families have a strong prevalence of autism among its members, while other families may only have one unique instance of an individual having autism. Therefore, there is still much work that needs to be done to determine what genetic factors may lead to autism development, as there are several different gene mutations being studied, as well as duplications or deletions of chromosomal regions that are being examined.

On July 1st, Dr. Hollander gave a presentation titled Oxytocin-Vasopressin, Temperature, and Immune-Inflammation in ASD and Syndromal ASD. This captivating discussion was an eye-opening revelation of how different factors can play a role in the behavior and other symptoms of someone with autism. For example, temperature can have an effect on behavior severity. Dr. Hollander discussed “positive fever response” through an experiment that involved those with autism sitting in a hot tub; when their external temperature reached 102 degrees, they appeared to show less or weakened symptoms common to autism. They were more relaxed and did less repetitive actions, such as stimming. Dr. Hollander also elaborated on how chronic inflammation affects various organs in the body, including the brain. Those with autism typically have less healthy gut parasites which help regulate inflammation, leading to various effects on the brain.

Dr. Eric Hollander was an incredible contributor to the ICare4Autism Conference, and we are grateful for all of his work in autism research. We are honored to have him as the Chairman of the ICare4Autism Advisory Committee, and are thankful for his commitment to helping us fulfill our global initiatives.

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