The annual John P. McGovern Lecture featured Muncie Native Dr. Judy Van de Water 

The Physiology and Health Science Department was very honored to host Dr. Judy Van de Water as this year’s John P. McGovern Lecturer. She spoke Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 7 p.m., in Ball State’s Student Center Ballroom. This year's lecture was well attended by over 300 faculty, staff and students of the University. Her lecture titled Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Search for Biomarkers. Contained much information about the current research into the disease, with videos, and what we may see in the future as treatments.     

A native of Muncie, Indiana, Dr. Van de Water has been faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University  of California, Davis since 1999. In 2000, she joined the research faculty of the M.I.N.D. (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute and began her research on the immunobiology of autism. Dr. Van de Water is currently PI for the Immunological Susceptibility in Autism project, part of the NIEHS funded Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Her research is titled Environmental Factors in the Etiology of Autism, she is investigating potential environmental risk factors contributing to the incidence and severity of childhood autism. In addition, Dr. Van de Water’s work is part of a comprehensive and multidisciplinary analysis known as the Autism Phenome Project (APP).

The lecture video currently has not been uploaded to Mediasite, but there is a DVD copy available for use in the classroom, please contact Michelle Jones if you are interested in obtaining a copy.