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AIIMS to Host Public Lecture on Autism Spectrum Disorder

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, is set to organise a significant public lecture focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a complex neurodevelopmental condition affecting approximately 1 in 100 children globally. The lecture aims to raise awareness and provide insights into this diverse group of developmental brain conditions.

Scheduled for April 22, 2024, the event will feature esteemed speakers including AIIMS director Prof M Srinivas and Prof Madhulika Kabra, Head of Pediatrics Department respectively, who will share their expertise on the current prevalence and management of autism.

Prof Sheffali Gulati, the Faculty-In-Charge of Child Neurology at AIIMS, will also contribute to the lecture by educating the audience about the key aspects of autism and its impact on individuals and families.

Adding to the discussion will be Dr Yataro Setoya from the World Health Organization, who will provide valuable insights into global perspectives on autism and related public health initiatives.

Joining the event as guest speakers will be Dr Biswaroop Chakrabarty, Dr Prashant Jauhari, Dr Gagan Hans, Dr Gautam Kamil, and Dr Sanjeeda, all experts from AIIMS, who will share their perspectives and experiences in managing autism spectrum disorder.

Highlighting the significance of the event, a recent study published in the Indian Journal of Pediatrics revealed that the estimated prevalence of autism in India is approximately 1 in 68 children, with boys being more commonly affected than girls at a ratio of approximately 3:1.

By hosting this public lecture, AIIMS aims to disseminate accurate information about autism spectrum disorder, dispel myths, and foster a better understanding of the condition among the general public. The event underscores AIIMS' commitment to promoting awareness and advancing knowledge in the field of pediatric neurology and developmental disorders.

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