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Reactions from IMFAR 2013

by  /  3 May 2013

This week, we check in from San Sebastián, Spain, where the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research runs 2-4 May. Look for daily posts from the conference and initial reactions from this year’s attendees.


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2 May 2013: IMFAR Day One



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Complete coverage of the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research in San Sebastián, Spain. Read more »

Complete coverage of the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research in San Sebastián, Spain.
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Here at SFARI, we’re gearing up for the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), which takes place 2-4 May in San Sebastián, Spain (or Donostia, if you’re Basque). Held each spring for the past 12 years, IMFAR is the world’s largest gathering of scientists and clinicians focused on autism research.

With a focus on the core initiative of the International Society for Autism Research — global reach — this year’s meeting marks the first visit to continental Europe. (In fact, the only other time IMFAR was held outside North America was when London hosted in 2008.) This year, the majority of submitted abstracts also came from outside North America — another first.

IMFAR’s scientific program chair, Thomas Bourgeron, notes that the 2013 program focuses on the “commonalities of individuals with autism, and also their diversities.” With cell biologists mingling with geneticists, clinical psychologists and neuroanatomists, there is sure to be an intriguing diversity of perspectives to compare, and hopefully new points of consensus.

I’ll be live-blogging with daily updates and quotes from speakers, so watch this space for snapshot reactions highlighting a range of voices and disciplines from the conference floor.

Follow us on Twitter at @SFARIcommunity and @SFARIautismnews for even more updates. The latter will include a firehose of timely conference stories from the SFARI news team. Keep an eye on the official hashtag (#imfar2013) for reactions from other sources. And as always, post your own thoughts or questions in the comments section below.


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