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Autism Speaks to Sponsor the Inaugural International Congress for Autism Research in Mexico City

A Gathering of Scientists from Around the World to Discuss the Latest Developments in Autism Research

NEW YORK, NY (June 20, 2007) -- Autism Speaks, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of autism, and CLIMA, the Mexican Autism Clinic, A.C, have partnered to present Autism Speaks to the World, the inaugural International Congress for Autism Research.

The conference, to be held July 5 through 7 at the Royal Pedregal Hotel in Mexico City, will convene world renowned scientists, clinicians and practitioners to bring awareness and the latest information about autism to medical and non-medical professionals, legislators, parents and educators from Mexico and throughout Latin America. Through these efforts, the two sponsoring organizations will strive to promote research by providing information on methodology and mechanisms for possible research funding in Mexico and abroad, as well as encouraging interaction among international researchers.

The First Lady of Mexico, Margarita Zavala, will open the Congress along with other Mexican dignitaries. The entire conference will be simulcast on the web in Spanish and English thanks to sponsor Telmex, the largest provider of phone services in Mexico.

Notable presenters will include Dr. Carlos Marcin, founder of CLIMA, Dr. Ami Klin of the Yale Child Study Center, Dr. Cecilia Montiel of the Universidad de Zulia in Venezuela, Dr. Pat Levitt of Vanderbilt University, Dr. Catherine Lord of the University of Michigan, and numerous other well-known university professors and researchers from around the globe. Presentation topics will include genetics, epidemiology, environmental sciences and clinical sciences.

To view the conference live, log onto during the event. For more information, please visit or .

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation's three leading autism advocacy organizations. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

CLIMA is a non-profit organization in Mexico that promotes the improvement, protection and well-being of children with pediatric problems that may cause incapacity, limitation, and may alter or stop their cognitive and emotional abilities, particularly children with early detection of autism, autistic conditions and developmental alterations. CLIMA was founded in 1990 through collaboration of a group of therapists and parents due to the lack of public and private institutions for the treatment of autism in Mexico. The organization is primarily focused on autism research for early detection and treatment.