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The International Meeting for Autism Research

Brings Together More Than 1800 Scientists From Around the World to Discuss the Latest Findings on the Causes, Treatments and Diagnoses of Autism


Jane Rubinstein 212-843-8287/516-993-0708
Alison Singer 914-552-1580
Dana Marnane 917-882-7472


The 11th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) will host more than 1800 researchers, delegates, autism specialists and students from 40 countries in the world’s largest gathering of researchers and clinicians as they exchange and disseminate the latest scientific findings and stimulate progress in autism research into the nature, causes, and treatments for ASD, Thursday May 17 through Saturday May 19 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Keynote speakers include Ruth Feldman, Ph.D., professor of psychology and neuroscience at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, with a joint appointment at Yale University, Child Study Center who will talk about “Bio-behavioral Synchrony and the Development of Social Reciprocity;”  from the University of Pittsburgh, Bernie Devlin, Ph.D., professor  of psychology in the School of Public Health, Medicine, Pittsburgh,and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Human Genetics and Clinical and Translational Science in the School of Medicine, will talk on “Common and Rare Genetic Variants in the Etiology of ASD: Where Is the Field Heading?” and Alan Evans, Ph.D., professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering, and Medical Physics, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, on “Structural Connectivity in Neurodevelopment.”

A press conference on Wednesday, May 16 at 11 am ETwill feature studies including “Beyond ASD: Developmental Outcomes of High Risk Siblings;” “Shared Decision Making and the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs);” “Oxytocin's Impact on Social Cognitive Brain Function in Youth with ASD;” and “Measuring Interactive Developmental Pathways in ASD: A Dual-Domain Latent Growth Curve Model.”


International Meeting for Autism Research bringing together over 1800 researchers, practitioners from 40 countries


Sheraton Centre Toronto, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Press Conference Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 11:00 am ET – call in info below
Keynote, Scientific Oral Presentations and Poster Sessions
Thursday, May 17, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday, May 18, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm;
Saturday, May 19, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm


  • Media registration
  • IMFAR Schedule-at-a-Glance
  • Media may call in to listen to the press conference at 1.877.554.8438
  • Meeting highlights are embargoed until 11:00 am ET Wednesday, May 16, 2012
  • IMFAR will arrange requested telephone interviews prior to the IMFAR meeting and in-person interviews during the conference with space for one-on-one interviews provided, if desired.
  • All abstracts will be posted on the IMFAR website and registered press will receive embargoed abstracts in advance.