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Autism Speaks to play key roles at the 2010 International Meeting for Autism Research
Date:5/18/2010

NEW YORK, N.Y. (May 18, 2010) Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization, is a major sponsor and scientific participant in the 2010 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). Organized by the International Society of Autism Research, IMFAR brings together 1800 participants to hear from top scientists from around the world who will share their latest research into autism's causes, treatments and diagnoses. The conference is being held May 20-22 at the Philadelphia Marriott, 1201 Market Street.

"Autism is a worldwide challenge," commented Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., "and this conference offers an opportunity to bring together researchers from around the world to share and collaborate, which helps accelerate research on diagnosis, causes and treatments needed by families in every country." During the three-day meeting, Autism Speaks encourages the media to attend the below events. Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., will be available for interviews along with other scientists.

Wednesday, May 18
2:00 p.m. IMFAR press conference. Scientists will discuss key studies to be presented during IMFAR including novel interventions for improving social skills children with autism that have been tested in general education classrooms; a study using an innovative brain imaging technique that sheds light on why toddlers with autism are delayed in developing; prenatal risk factors for autism; and the efficacy of the gluten free/casein free diet that many parents use with their children with autism spectrum disorders, hoping that it will improve symptoms. Dr. Dawson is available to provide comments on the importance and impact of these research efforts to the autism community represented by Autism Speaks.

Thursday, May 19
1:30 p.m. Ethics of Communicating Scientific Findings of Autism Risk Panel, Dr. Dawson will be presenting. The session will report on the challe
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Contact: Jane E Rubinstein
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Autism Speaks
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