Spearheaded by parent activists, the plight of children with autism has been brought to national and international awareness. The scientific community has responded; an increasing number of scientists are carrying out research into all facets of the disorder. As a result, IMFAR is expected to attract preeminent research scientists from around the world.
Five years ago, the Neuroscience meeting had perhaps six presentations on autism. Suddenly in six short years, autism has its own meeting with over two hundred
presentations, said Jonathan Shestack, co-founder of the Cure Autism Now Foundation. This is an amazing change and testimony to a very strong emerging field, an exponential growth in available funding and a tragic rise in incidence. We hope that this forum, the first of its kind, will lead to even greater awareness, better communication and collaboration and rapid development of treatments."
IMFARs keynote presentations, slide and poster presentations, workshops and plenary sessions will highlight many different topics in autism, including structural imaging, molecular and genetic approaches, and epidemiological investigations. In addition, the conference will feature a "State-of-the-Science" symposium that will provide a broad overview of current knowledge and future directions on a
Contact: Martha Alcott
University of California, Davis - Health System