29 March 2023
Meet Us at the MDPI World Autism Awareness Day Webinar 2023, 2 April 2023

In order to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day 2023, MDPI is launching a special webinar to encourage researchers to join together, take action, and highlight how the exchange of findings facilitates efforts to raise awareness about autism.

Over the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education generally, as well as for persons with autism specifically. 

The webinar aims to encourage connections and collaboration among autism researchers and the international Open Access community to help improve the lives of those with autism.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the MDPI World Autism Awareness Day Webinar 2023.

Conference Secretariat: Ms. Shun Li 
Date and time: 2 April 2023, 11:00 p.m. CEST
Register now for free:

This is a free webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

Unable to attend? Register anyway and we will let you know when the recording is available to watch.

Webinar Chairs and Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. James Brasic, Section of High Resolution Brain Positron Emission Tomography Imaging, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA, Section Board Member of Brain Sciences (ISSN: 2076-3425), Guest Editor of IJMS (ISSN: 1422-0067)
  • Dr. Kazuhito Toyooka, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2900 Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129, USA, Section Board Member of Brain Sciences (ISSN: 2076-3425), Guest Editor of IJMS (ISSN: 1422-0067)
  • Dr. Richard E. Frye, Autism Discovery and Treatment Foundation, Phoenix AZ, Editorial Board Member of JPM (ISSN: 2075-4426)


Speaker/Presentation Time in CEST
Introduction 11:00 p.m.–11:10 p.m.
Dr. James Brasic
Developing a relaxation response to catastrophes
11.10 p.m.–11:40 p.m.
Dr. Kazuhito Toyooka
ADNP, the gene responsible for autism and ADNP syndrome, regulates neuromorphogenesis, neural connectivity and activity during cortical development.
11:40 p.m.–12:10 a.m.
Dr. Richard E. Frye
The role of mitochondria and folate in prenatal health and offspring neurodevelopment
12:10 a.m.–12:40 a.m.
Q&A Session 12:40 a.m.–01:00 a.m.

Relevant Special Issues:

Behavioral Sciences
"Training and Education in Children with Autism"
Edited by: Alessandro Frolli, Angelo Rega and Maria Carla Ricci
Submission deadline: 30 June 2023

"Glutamate and Glutamate Receptors in Health and Diseases"
Edited by: Jolanta H. Kotlińska and Marta Marszalek-Grabska
Submission deadline: 30 September 2023

Brain Sciences
"Sexuality in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Past, Present and Innovative Perspectives"
Edited by: Rocco Salvatore Calabrò and Giovanni Pioggia
Submission deadline: 25 July 2023

"Molecular Genetics of Neuropsychiatric Diseases"
Edited by: Yingwei Mao and Xin Tang
Submission deadline: 8 March 2024

"Neuropathology: From Molecular Mechanisms to Therapeutic Solutions"
Edited by: Wenqiang Fan and Xingping Qin
Submission deadline: 31 July 2023

"Technology for People with Disabilities: Opportunities and Challenges"
Edited by: Angelo Rega and Alessandro Frolli
Submission deadline: 30 June 2023

"Genes, Phenotypes and Molecular Mechanisms for Personalized Medicine in Autism"
Edited by: M. E. Suzanne Lewis
Submission deadline: 20 June 2023

"Research on Autism in Children"
Edited by: Andrey Vyshedskiy
Submission deadline: 31 August 2023

"A Personalized Medicine Approach to the Diagnosis and Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beyond Genetic Syndromes"
Edited by: Richard E. Frye, Richard G. Boles, Daniel Rossignol and Shannon Rose
Submission deadline: 10 June 2023

"Steroid Hormones, Oxidative Stress, Mitochondrial Dysfunction Unsolving the Enigma of Autism?"
Edited by: Benedikt Andreas Gasser and Markus G. Mohaupt
Submission deadline:31 July 2023

"Atypical Autism: Causes, Diagnosis, and Current Treatment"
Edited by: Rekha Jagadapillai
Submission deadline: 15 October 2023

"Bioactive Lipids and Cannabinoids, Key Players in Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Beyond"
Edited by: Giuseppe Di Giovanni and Mauro Maccarrone
Submission deadline: 31 August 2023

"Disorders of Cognition and Behavior"
Edited by: Satwant Kumar
Submission deadline: 30 April 2023

"Effects of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids on Brain Metabolism and Neurodevelopment"
Edited by: Dhavamani Sugasini
Submission deadline: 20 July 2023

"Neurodegenerative Diseases: Advances in Understanding Mechanisms and Development of Therapies"
Edited by: Shao-bin Wang and Zhongshan Cheng
Submission deadline: 30 June 2023

"Drug Treatment For Autism"
Edited by: Maryam Ardalan
Submission deadline: 31 May 2023

"Feature Papers—Multidisciplinary Sciences 2023"
Edited by: Claus Jacob and Ahmad Yaman Abdin
Submission deadline: 31 December 2023

"Machine Learning Methods for Bio-Medical Image and Signal Processing: Recent Advances"
Edited by: Lipo Wang
Submission deadline: 15 November 2023

"Association of Environmental Exposures with Mental and Cognitive Health"
Edited by: Hicran Altug, Tamara Schikowski and Rachel Tham
Submission deadline: 5 April 2023

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