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Dr. Joachim Franz Hallmayer

Stanford University

USA

Dr. Hallmayer has been involved in genetic studies of neuropsychiatric disorders for over 20 years and has conducted several genome wide linkage and association studies. His work encompasses the recruitment, the laboratory, and the analytic side. As PI of the largest twin study on autism to date, He has extensive experience recruiting for, coordinating and integrating the assessment of genetic, biological, behavioral and diagnostic information in large numbers of patients with ASD. Currently, he is the Chair of the Committee of Senior Investigators of the largest collaborative research project on autism, the Autism Genome Project, with over 100 researchers from 50 centers in North America, Europe, and Asia. In collaboration with Dr Dolmetsch they were the first to study neurons derived from iPSCs from patients with known mutations associated with autism. As part of this study (R33 MH087898 - Exploring the Neuronal Phenotype of Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells – PIs: Hallmayer/Dolmetsch) they comprehensively characterized the transcriptome (including miRNAs) using traditional microarray and RNAseq technology. More recently he was awarded an R01(“Integrative Molecular and Phenotype Analysis of 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome”) to study iPS cells from patients with 22q11deletion syndrome, a syndrome associated with high rates of autism.