Friday, July 25, 2008
Duquesne University holds its Undergraduate Science Symposium today. Keynote speaker Dr. Scott Faber of the Children's Institute presented his research on causes of autism. Faber says in-utero exposure to heavy metals like mercury and chromium can cause autism to develop. He also says pesticides and pollutants have been linked to the condition. Faber says immediate post-natal screening for symptoms of exposure can deter the disease's onset. Research collaborator and Duquesne University Chemistry Professor Dr. H.M. Kingston says Faber's research has helped lead to major strides in the field of autism treatment.