Mar 20 2018: 7:30am–9:00am

Using Genetic and Pharmacological Approaches in the Treatment of People with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health, Pediatric Medicine

PediPRN is an innovative model of consultation and collaboration between pediatric primary care and child psychiatry providers. This free lecture is part of an event series presented by experts in the behavioral health field.


Margaret Klitzke, DO has been an attending at Bradley Hospital for 28 years, working with an interdisciplinary team in the treatment of psychiatric co-morbidities in children with developmental disabilities.  In addition, she has been involved in the clinical supervision of medical students, residents and fellows through The Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has received several awards for her teaching.

Daniel Moreno De Luca, MD MSc completed his psychiatry residency at Yale and is currently a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Brown. He is the chief fellow of research, and his clinical and research work revolves around the genetics of psychiatric conditions, particularly focusing on rare genetics in autism spectrum and other developmental disorders.


In this presentation, the current state of genetic research in autism and other developmental disorders will be explored.  Discussion will also revolve around medications used to treat psychiatric co-morbidities and how our current knowledge of genetics can help inform treatment with these medications.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
1.     Describe the current state of genetic research in autism and other developmental disabilities.
2.    Recognize common medications used to treat psychiatric co-morbidities.
3.    Identify how genetic research now and in the future will help us to understand and more effectively treat psychiatric
       co-morbidities of autism and other developmental disorders.


  • Pediatricians, family practitioners and nurse practitioners who are registered with PediPRN are welcome. 
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered 

Registration Information

  • Program fee: Free
  • Online registration closes on Monday, March 19
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-432-1087. 
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-432-1087.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital.  Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.     

Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.