Hawaii Chapter

TACA Hawaii holds Autism Learning Seminars, Meetings, Coffee Talks and family events throughout the year. Our meetings and seminars feature educational speakers on important topics for ASD families. Our Coffee Talks and family events provide more settings where families can informally network, share resources and speak with seasoned parents.

Hawaii Events

Sunday, January 19

Mitochondrial Medicine and Genetic Testing in Autism

2:30 - 4:00 PM
Kapolei Heritage Center
91-1250 Kinoiki Street
Kapolei, HI 96707

Speaker: Richard G. Boles, M.D.
Many physicians and families have heard about mitochondrial dysfunction, and how this concept is important in the treatment of autism, but few understand this area, and misconceptions are common. What is the difference between mitochondrial dysfunction and mitochondrial disease? What are common signs and symptoms of mitochondrial dysfunction? How is mitochondrial dysfunction diagnosed? What treatments are available? Many have heard that mitochondrial DNA comes from the mother, so how can mitochondrial dysfunction be inherited from both parents, or just the father? This lecture will cover these topics and more, with a basic look at Mitochondrial Medicine, with a focus in the context of autism. Mitochondrial dysfunction is actually quite common in autism, with estimates of its presence as high as 60-80%. Practical advice will be provided in terms of which autism patients are likely most affected, what tests are appropriate, and what treatments are available. As much of the recent advancements have been possible due to improved genetic testing, the practicalities of testing will also be discussed. This will include who should receive genetic testing, which tests, where, how to get testing covered, and interpreted, as well as the practical benefits of testing. Families new to TACA will receive an Autism Journey Guide. This event is free but requires an RSVP; participation is limited. Sorry - no childcare available.
Dr. Richard G. Boles completed medical school at UCLA, a pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA, and a genetics fellowship at Yale. For over two decades, Dr. Boles' clinical and research focus has been on changes in genes involved in energy metabolism and additional pathways, and their effects on the development of common functional disorders. Examples include autism, pain syndromes, chronic fatigue, cyclic vomiting, intestinal dysmotility/failure, and depression. He has over 80 published papers. For 20 years, Dr. Boles was a faculty member at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and a practicing medical geneticist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He was a Medical Director of the genetic testing companies, Lineagen and Courtagen. Dr. Boles became involved in genetic testing in order to facilitate the translation of the vast amounts of acquired genetic knowledge into applications that improve routine medical care. Dr. Boles has an active private practice in Pasadena, CA, a telemedicine practice, and occasionally evaluates patients at the Rossignol Medical Center. Recently, he has also helped launch a start-up company, NeuroNeeds LLC, aimed at developing dietary supplements for neurological conditions, including autism.

Wednesday, February 12

Coffee Talk - Ideas, Information and HOPE (what’s not to love?)

9:30 - 11:00 AM
Ebar at Nordstrom
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814

Better than the biggest Valentine, it’s a TACA Coffee Talk of ideas, info and hope! Join the moderated discussion of the issues that are most concerning to the people around the table. Bring all your questions, research, and concerns and let’s share ideas, resources, and brainstorm some solutions! Whether you are new to the autism journey or have been on the journey for several years, there is a place for you at the TACA table. All new families to TACA will receive an Autism Journey Guide.

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