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Series Activities

Series Activities

Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Research and Medical Treatment Implications Part 3

Immunological Issues in Individuals with Autism:
Part One

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Release Date:   August 14, 2017
Expiration Date:   August 14, 2019

Estimated Time of Completion:   45 minutes


This activity provides expert insight about underlying comorbid medical and neurological issues associated with autism spectrum disorders. Increased understanding of the children and adults with autism should be improved by virtue of educating about medical and immunological etiologies associated with this complex disorder.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the basic biology of the human immune system.
  2. Discuss changes of the immune system that take place during pregnancy.
  3. Discuss how immune dysfunction during pregnancy could potentially relate to an increased risk of having a child with neurodevelopmental disability.

Target Audience

This online series is designed for a primary audience of pediatricians, family practice physicians, immunologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, and allied health practitioners interested in underlying medical and neurological comorbidities associated with autism spectrum disorders.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education and the Autism Research Institute. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Activity Director and Faculty

Activity Director

Marvin Natowicz, MD, PhD
Clinical Geneticist, Clinical Pathologist
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH


Judy Van de Water, PhD
UC Davis Center for Children’s Environmental Health
Department of Internal Medicine
UC Davis School of Medicine
Sacramento, CA

CME Disclaimer

The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In no event will The Cleveland Clinic Foundation be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.


In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Center for Continuing Education requires resolution of all faculty conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias.

The following faculty have indicated that they have no relationship which, in the context of their presentation, could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Marvin Natowicz, MD
Judy VandeWater, PhD

This CME activity was produced by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Center for Continuing Education and
Autism Research Institute.