We invite you to join us for the INSAR Summer Institute 2017 — a series of six free weekly interactive seminars designed for early-career researchers interested in autism.
Thursdays, from 13 July June to 24 August, we will host a live session during which participants will have a chance to hear from experts in the field and ask questions on research and career topics.
This year’s focus will be related to culture and diversity in autism research: The Summer Institute opens with a seminar on access to services and services across diverse communities led by Dr. Aubyn Stahmer (University of California, Davis MIND Institute; 13 July). Dr. Elizabeth Pellicano (University College London; 27 July) is leading the next seminar about ethical considerations, specifically ethics of autism research and the relation of ethics to research participation. We then get an anthropological view of ASD from Dr. Roy Richard Grinker (George Washington University; 3 August). Dr. Sue Fletcher-Watson (The University of Edinburgh, 10 August) takes us through what we need to know and what we do not yet know about bilingualism in ASD. Following, Dr. Jennifer Singh (Georgia Institute of Technology; 17 August) will provide an overview about the structural inequalities in the diagnosis and services for ASD. Lastly, Dr. Nidhi Singhal (National Centre for Autism India; 24 August) will present on topics related to autism research in India, particularly epidemiological aspects and the development of screening and diagnostic tools.
The aim of the Summer Institute is to give young and up-and-coming researchers from across the globe an in-depth overview of current autism research - no need to even leave your house! The content is developed jointly by the invited experts and a working group of trainees lead by a member of the INSAR Student and Trainee Committee
Each two-hour seminar will feature background on the state of science, the latest research, and future directions, and a 30-minute interactive discussion moderated by members of the working group. You’ll have a chance to add your questions and comments during the seminar. In addition, the presenter will give a quick overview about their personal career development.
To whet your appetite, downloadable course materials — including seminal articles, a glossary of terms, learning objectives and items for discussion — will be available to participants a week before each session. Recordings of each session will be available on autism-INSAR.org at the conclusion of the program.
Registration is free and available worldwide to those interested in autism research. Clinicians, established researchers and stakeholders who want to get a snapshot of the current state of science in topics outside their area of expertise may also find these sessions of value.