Biochemistry and Genetics for Autism Parents

October 1, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Old Quarry Library
7051 Village Center Drive
Austin, TX 78731
Dianne Doggett

The Speaker

Lisa Ryden has worked in the medical diagnostic field for 25 years, in research, clinical laboratory science, patient and physician education, and industry. Her undergraduate degree is in Medical Technology, and she has completed post-graduate studies in molecular genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, and toxicology. She also has an MBA in Management.

Lisa’s personal research interests are directed toward current trends in nutrigenomic and pharmacogenomic biomarkers, and how they can be applied across the personalized medicine continuum of disease prevention, diagnosis, and disease management. Lisa’s passion is to empower and educate individuals, so that they can collaborate with their physicians to develop a personal health strategy, for themselves and their children.

Lisa has created a simplified overview of difficult scientific concepts for individuals who do not have a science background. Lisa has a son with autism, and will also talk about biomedical interventions that have been effective for her son.

Key Topics

Precision medicine as an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention. Precision medicine considers individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle.

The importance of the methylation cycle, detoxification pathways, and mitochondrial function in the human body. Their role in critical body functions such as folate metabolism, regulating the immune system, controlling inflammation, and providing cellular energy. The key components of these biochemical pathways, and how to talk with your physician about them.

The basics of genetic mutations and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP’s), some of the most researched SNPs, and why they are important in managing disease.

The difference between nutrigenomic and pharmacogenomic testing.

How to obtain quality laboratory testing from a CLIA certified laboratory.

Commonly ordered protein and genetic biomarkers, for both diagnosis and disease management, and what they mean.

Targeted nutraceutical supplementation that can treat certain genetic mutations, and current evidence based outcomes.

How to prepare a personal health record, and how to monitor diagnostic results and track progress or regression with your physician.

How to discuss privacy concerns concerning your personal health record and online results with your health care provider.

The Forum

Please join us! Meetings are free and open to the public. No RSVP or reservation is ever necessary, but please leave your children at home if possible, as no child care is available. You are welcome to bring your lunch with you.

All Forum meetings are held at the Old Quarry Library , 7051 Village Center Drive, Austin, 78731, off Far West Blvd., between the Post Office and HEB.

Visit, to see meeting topics and speakers, and to join the Forum. Forum members receive frequent emails about autism treatment and local autism resources and events. The Forum is sponsored by the Autism Society of Greater Austin. For more information, email

Dianne Doggett, Organizer
Austin Autism Treatment Forum