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The Role of Genetics in Autism, Explained

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Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D. is a clinical and molecular geneticist who is the Director of Clinical Research at SFARI at the Simons Foundation and is the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine. She received her B.A. in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in genetics. Chung also leads the Simons VIP study characterizing genetic forms of autism (https://simonsvipconnect.org/) and the SPARK study of autism (SPARKforAutism.org) and has a TED talk entitled Autism— what we know (and what we don't know yet) that has over 2 million views. Additionally, she was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award and the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam. Additionally, Dr. Chung was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes and is a member of the the Institute of Medicine Committee on Genetic Testing.  

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