Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager, 505/272-3679 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE , NM – The 19THAnnual Southwest Psychiatric Symposium, slated November 1-2 at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel, will explore the latest in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research around Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “We will be presenting current and cutting-edge developments in Autism from a broad range of research and programs presented by ASD investigators, educators and practitioners,” says Dr. Stephen Perls, director of continuing education in psychiatry for the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. In addition to regional presenters, the symposium will include prominent experts from the University of Washington, the University of California at Davis, and the University of Illinois. The program is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, educators, academicians, students and other health and behavioral health practitioners who want an increased understanding of the genetics, pathogenesis, neurobiology, epidemiology, screening and diagnosis, family coping skills and treatment efficacy for ASD. For more information, please call 505/272-3942 or visithttp://hsc.edu/cme