The 2nd Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Health Care Policy will feature pediatric and autism specialist Dr. Robert W. Sears.

The public is invited to attend this free event at Western University of Health Sciences’ Health Education Center, Lecture Hall II, 701 East Second Street, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

Sears will be speaking on “”Autism: Early Detection, Effective Multidisciplinary Treatment, and Possible Preventative Measures.””

A reception will follow the lecture. RSVP by March 29 to Olive Stephens at (909) 469-5211, ostephen@westernu.edu.

The Dr. Robert L. Austin Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Medicine and Pediatric Health Policy is presented by Clinton E. Adams, DO, FAAFP, FACHE, vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), and by Daniel C. Robinson, PharmD, dean of the College of Pharmacy.

The lectureship was established in Austin’s memory by his wife, Gloria, their children, Charles, Douglas and Lynette, and their families, and is designed to honor and perpetuate his lifelong love of medical practice and his pursuit of pediatric knowledge in the health professions. He was a faculty member at COMP until his retirement in 1981.

Sears is one of five members of his family to be involved in family medical practice, and is devoted to children’s development, care and diseases. He is on the Medical Advisory Board for Talk About Curing Autism and is the author of The Vaccine Book and The Autism Book. Sears also has appeared on several television shows.

Sears also is a regular contributor to the content of AskDrSears.com.