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A regularly updated listing of meetings, webchats, webinars and podcasts of interest to the autism community
August 14, 2017

Agenda, webcast and materials for the July 26 meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)

The federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) held its last quarterly meeting on July 26, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and via live webcast. The full-day meeting was open to the public and included a public comment period. Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Thomas Frazier updated attendees on the organization's science program and its current strategic planning process, which includes solicitation of feedback from the broader autism community.

The IACC is charged with overseeing and coordinating autism-related research and services across federal agencies and departments within the National Institutes of Health. Autism Speaks encourages members of the autism community to participate in the meeting and make their views known.

View the archived IACC meeting webcast here.

The next full meeting of the IACC will be Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017. Register to attend and look for upcoming information here.


The International Society for Autism Research is hosting a free series of six online seminars related to culture and diversity in autism research.

The seminars will run Thursdays from July 13th to August 24th (excluding July 20th), covering topics such as autism in low-resource settings, adaptation of assessments or intervention for diverse communities, and biomarker findings across the autism spectrum in diverse samples.

The presentations are designed for students, post-doctoral fellows, other early-career investigators, stakeholders, and families interested in autism research.


 Registration is free and available worldwide.  

Session 1: Access to Services Across Diverse Communities: Service Expansion to Rural and Underserved Areas
Presenter: Aubyn Stahmer 
Date: 13 July 2017
Time: 1:00 pm EDT

Session 2:  Ethics and Participation in Autism Research
Presenter: Elizabeth Pellicano
Date: 27 July 2017
Time: 10:00 am EDT

Session 3: Cross Cultural Views of ASD - An Anthropological Perspective
Presenter:  Roy Richard Grinker 
Date: 3 August 2017
Time: TBD

Session 4: Autism and Bilingualism: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know?
Presenter: Sue Fletcher-Watson
Date: 10 August 2017
Time: 10:00 am EDT

Session 5: Structural Inequalities in ASD Diagnosis and Services at the Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender
Presenter: Jennifer Singh
Date: 17 August 2017  
Time: 1:00 pm EDT

Session 6: A presentation on topics related to autism research in India, particularly epidemiological aspects and the development of screening and diagnostic tools. Title: TBD
Presenter: Nidhi Singhal 
Date: 24 August 2017
Time: 12:00 pm EDT


... Archived webcasts ...

Thanks to those who joined the July 18 "Autism and Health" Facebook LIVE chat with Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Thomas Frazier. If you missed it, here's the archived webcast:







On June 2nd, Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Thomas Frazier answered questions about autism research during a Facebook LIVE Chat with the Autism Speaks community. View the archived webcast above.  


Learn how research on epigenetically regulated genes provides insights into autism’s gene/environment interactions.

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On March 13, Mark Zylka, of the University of North Carolina Neuroscience Center, described his research using genetic analysis to gain insights into environmental risk factors for autism, with a panel discussion and comment period led by Valerie Hu, of George Washington University, with time allotted for audience questions. It was moderated by Autism Speaks Interim Chief Science Officer Mathew Pletcher and Autism Science Foundation Chief Science Officer Alycia Halladay, as part of an ongoing webinar series supported by the Escher Fund for Autism, Autism Speaks and the Autism Science Foundation. 

View the archived webinar below.






On Feb. 22nd, Donna Murray, Autism Speaks vice president for clinical programs and head of our Autism Treatment Network, hosted a Facebook Live chat, answering questions related to:

Improving healthcare for people on the autism spectrum.

You can view the archived webchat below or by clicking here. Check out the comment section for related resources and links.

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On Jan. 25, Autism Speaks VP for Genomic Discovery Mat Pletcher hosted a Facebook Live chat about the Autism Speaks research program. View the archived chat - including an extended question and answer session - above.

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Advances in autism research and healthcare

Webinars sponsored by the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network & the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health

“Advances in Autism Research & Care” is a monthly webinar series sponsored by the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network as part of its federally funded role as the nation’s Autism Intervention Research on Physical Health. In focus, the webinars alternate between research reports by ATN/AIR-P investigators and trending topics in autism healthcare.

Though focused on educating healthcare providers, the webinars are open to the public. Members of the autism community are particularly welcome.

Research webinars feature current AIR-P research study investigators, while care focused themes cover hot topics in the field of autism, and promote idea generation for future research.

Watch archived recordings of past ATN/AIR-P webinars here.

Contact Audrey Wolfe for more information about this webinar series.

The potential role of epigenetics in sex differences in autism



Presented on Nov. 15, 2016, by neuroscientist Tracy Bale, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, with an introduction by neurodevelopmental neuroscientist Donna Werling, of the University of California-San Francisco. Watch the archived webcast hereThis webinar is part of the Environmental Epigenetics of Autism Webinar Series co-organized by Autism Science Foundation, Autism Speaks and the Escher Family Fund for Autism.


Listen to the archived podcast here

Autism BrainNet is dedicated to advancing the highest quality research on autism through the generous post-mortem donation of brain tissue from families affected by the disorder. To learn more about the program – including information about registering your family – click here.