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Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research and Medical Treatment Implications Series

Genetics and Autism Spectrum Disorder – Part One

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Release date: October 4, 2019
Renew date:
October 4, 2021
Expiration date: October 4, 2022

Estimated Time of Completion: 45 minutes


This activity provides expert insight about the relevance of genetics in a discussion of autism pathobiology. Increased understanding of the children and adults with autism should be improved by virtue of educating about emerging genetic findings associated with this complex disorder. 


Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the relevance of genetics in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) pathobiology
  2. Recognize the types of genetic variation observed in ASD
  3. Describe approaches used to evaluate genetic factors in ASD causation
  4. Recognize some of the important clinical tests used to evaluate possible genetic factors in ASD causation
  5. Discuss important unsolved issues regarding genetic dimensions of ASD

Target Audience

This online series is designed for a primary audience of pediatricians, family practice physicians, pediatricians, neurologists, medical geneticists, behavioral medicine experts, pathologists, pharmacists, and allied health practitioners. The secondary audience includes internists, nutritionists and associated 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 through the joint providership 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


Steve Scherer, PhD
The Centre for Applied Genomics
The Hospital for Sick Children
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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 she has no relationship which, in the context of her presentation(s), could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Marvin Natowicz, MD
Stephen Scherer, PhD


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