On April 18 and 19, 2007, the Institute of Medicine, or IOM, will host a workshop in Washington, D.C. entitled: “Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research.” This workshop, organized in response to a request from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, will be hosted in collaboration with the IOM's Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine.
The workshop will feature presentations and discussions on strategies for research focusing on the potential relationship between autism and an array of environmental exposures. This will be a stand-alone workshop and is not part of an ongoing study by the IOM.
A publicly available summary of the presentations and discussions made during the workshop will be prepared by a rapporteur and will reflect what transpired at the workshop. It will be prepared in accordance with institutional policy and procedures and published by the National Academies Press. All views presented in the report will be those of workshop participants. The report will not contain findings or recommendations by the planning committee.