CTSI Seminar: The role of nutrition in the etiology and treatment of autism: From food dyes to supplement use

autismpuzzleSusan Hyman, MD, Brianne Schmidt, RD and Pat Stewart, PhD, RD will be presenting a lecture on “The role of nutrition in the etiology and treatment of autism: From food dyes to supplement use” for the Tuesday, November 26th session of the CTSI Seminar Series.  Dr. Stewart summarizes the seminar:

Selective and repetitive eating patterns are a hallmark of autism.  Dietary supplements and special diets are often implemented in attempt to improve nutrition and/or the behaviors associated with autism.  There is little data on whether these restrictive diets and supplements are efficacious. We are one of the first group of researchers to test the use of the gluten free casein free diet in children with autism using a double blinded placebo controlled intervention and to investigate whether the supplements used provide the nutrients consumed in inadequate amounts in the diet  or led to excessive consumption.  We will review the diagnostic criteria, outline nutritional concerns, and discuss the results of our studies on  the GFCF diet and supplement use in children with autism.

The theme of the Fall CTSI Seminar Series is “From Test Tube to Table: Understanding the Evolving Science of Nutrition Research.” The series takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. You can access the full schedule here. Lunch is provided. Please provide your own beverage. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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