Cafe Scientifique Orlando is a gathering of scientifically-inclined people in Central Florida, who meet at a cafe, coffee house, pub, or nonacademic location to discuss events and ideas in the world of science. We enjoy beer and wine, and we use plain language to talk about extraordinary ideas.

Wheeler, Patricia
Wednesday, 5 January 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
717 W. Smith Street
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United States

Autism is being increasingly diagnosed but the causes of its occurrence are often unclear. This talk will discuss known genetic causes of autism and the difficulties in finding specific etiologies for autism in many affected individuals.

Dr Wheeler has both a MD (from Indiana University School of Medicine) and an MS (in medical and molecular genetics also from IU School of Medicine). She did residencies in both Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics and is board certified in both specialties. She is division chief of Genetics and Metabolism at Nemours Children’s Clinic here in Orlando. She last spoke at Cafe Scientifique in April 2009 about genetics and the moral questions it raises.

Past Café Scientifique Events

Race to the Moon 18 November, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Good Bacteria 9 September, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Marine Ecosystems 8 August, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Solar System 7 July, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Robotics 6 June, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Cloud Computing 13 May, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Nanoscience 8 April, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Fire Ants 11 March, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Food Preservation 5 March, 2014 - 19:00 Eden Bar at...
Marine Mammals 11 February, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Bees 14 January, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Frankenfood 10 December, 2013 - 18:30 downtown library

Topics We'd Love to See

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