Students research origins of autism with Dr. Carolyn Salafia P'16

Elizabeth Andresen ’14, Carly Strelez ’14, Krupa Patel ’15, and Hannah Collins ’16 spent summer 2013 interning with Dr. Carolyn Salafia and colleagues.

Through the Center for Career and Development (CCD), four students -- Elizabeth Andresen ’14, Carly Strelez ’14, Krupa Patel ’15, and Hannah Collins ’16 -- interned with Dr. Carolyn Salafia P’16, a licensed physician and surgeon in New York who is also a parent of a sophomore at Gettysburg College.

Salafia is researching the existence of links between autism and placentas by examining early biomarkers of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the placenta. The hope is that this research could lead to the earlier diagnosis and treatment of autism. 

Most days, the interns worked with computers and scoured through patient charts to retrieve maternal and placental information. They attended presentations involving research in the field, and met with Salafia on a weekly basis to discuss their progress. 

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