40th Annual Festival of Trees Gala Recap:

A few weeks ago, the 40th Annual Festival of Trees Gala took place at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle! Seattle Children’s employees and supporters had a blast raising money for the Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Check out the link for more news and pictures from the festivities here:



Don’t forget to view this video shown at the Gala, giving you an inside look at the kind of work the Seattle Children’s Autism Center does. Featuring a few families who kindly gave us a glimpse into their experiences with the team, the video captures the essence of the impact the Children’s community has :



Come Participate! Genetics Research and Pirates- What could be better?

Our Research Team is hosting a PIRATE-THEMED Research Family Fun Day on Saturday, December 2nd!  Families interested in participating in autism genetics research will have the opportunity to complete 1-2 research studies in a single day!

The SPARK and PANGEA studies are exploring genetic differences related to autism.  Families who attend the family fun day will be able to complete online registration and saliva collection for SPARK and/or a blood draw for PANGEA.  There will be food, games, prizes, parking, and childcare available!  To RSVP to this event, please contact the research team at 206-987-7917 or at SCACstudies@seattlechildrens.org.

WHAT: Fun, research participation event for families

WHEN: Saturday, December 2 from 9am to 5pm

WHERE: Seattle Children’s Autism Center, 4909 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

THEME: Pirates and Buried Treasure!

What Makes a Master Mentor? Find out from Dr. Bernier and Dr. Larimer!

Last year, our very own Dr. Raphe Bernier was awarded the Wayne J. Katon Outstanding Mentor Award. Raphe’s colleagues, fellow faculty members, postdocs, grad students, and lab members submitted enthusiastic testimonials championing his dedication to mentees. This year, we congratulate Dr. Mary Larimer, Director, Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB), on receiving this award. The University of Washington recently posted an interview with Drs. Bernier and Larimer on what makes a Master Mentor. You can watch the interview here!