INSAR 2020 Virtual - SIGs

INSAR 2020 Virtual - Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

INSAR 2020 SIGs virtual events are a benefit of INSAR membership and available to Student, Full, and Affiliate members.

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Monday June 29, 2020 
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT 

Improving Health Outcomes Across the Lifespan: Harnessing Data from Individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Families, Clinicians, and Care Systems

SIG Leader: Beth Malow, MD

SIG Co-Leader: Jennifer Ames, PhD

This SIG will explore health conditions and healthcare needs in individuals with autism across the lifespan. Our ability to leverage larger health datasets and patient-reported outcomes across multiple healthcare systems is expanding rapidly. These data provide a deeper, longitudinal understanding of health problems and care disparities in autism, tie health conditions to other aspects of quality of life and lay important groundwork for interventions to improve health and wellbeing. We will also discuss how this work is impacted by COVID-19.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020
9:00 AM EDT - 11:00 EDT

Autism and Related Disorders in the Context of Humanitarian Emergencies

SIG Leader: Ramzi Nasir MD, MPH

SIG Co-Leader: Alaa Ibrahim

Additional speakers include: Dr. Paul Wai-Ching Wong and Melissa Diamond, MA.

The Special Interest Group (SIG): Autism and Related Disorders (ARD) in the Context of Humanitarian Emergencies was launched in 2019 under the umbrella of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) as a platform for communication and collaboration between autism researchers, clinicians, advocates and key stakeholders in humanitarian settings. Our goal is to promote the health and well-being of children with ARD and their caregivers during humanitarian emergencies.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020
12:00 PM EDT - 1:30 PM EDT

Autism Research with the Postmortem Human Brain
SIG Leader: David Amaral, PhD

SIG Co-Leader: Brie Wamsley, PhD

Postmortem brain research in disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease has provided the clearest evidence about causes and potential treatments. This SIG aims to foster postmortem brain research of Autism Spectrum Disorder. It will bring together geneticists, neuroanatomists, neuropathologists, immunologists and others to energize a renaissance in postmortem research in autism. It will also be an introduction to this area of research for trainees and mature scientists alike.

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Monday, August 17, 2020
11:00 AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT

Memory in Individuals with ASD: Open Issues and Future Directions

SIG Leader: Dermot Bowler, PhD

SIG Co-Leader: Melanie Ring, PhD

Additional speaker: Ashley Brien M.S.

The SIG is concerned with identifying open issues and future research directions in memory in ASD. By means of flash talks, currently unanswered questions will be identified. The most relevant topics and ways to tackle them will be selected through discussion groups.

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Friday, August 21, 2020
9:00 AM EDT - 11:00 AM EDT

O.P.E.N. Autism (Obstetrics, Placenta, Epigenetics and Neurodevelopment in Autism)

SIG Leader: Sowmyashree Mayur Kaku, PhD

SIG Co-Leader: Ashok Mysore, MD

Additional speakers include: Aruna Korlimarla, PhD, Gayathri Ravikumar, MBBS, MD, Harvey Kliman, MD, PhD, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum MSc, MD.

Placenta has been minimally explored in autism biomarker research and for its potential epigenetic impact. This SIG will facilitate understanding of potential challenges in using this approach through small group discussions. Other goals include developing a study model for placental research through a panel discussion, deliberate possible research avenues and broadly highlight this exciting area. We believe this group meeting can facilitate conceptualization and development of a unique bio repository beneficial for researchers across the world.  Schedule

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Monday, August 24, 2020
8:00 AM EDT - 10:00 AM EDT

Gender, Sexuality, and Romantic Relationships

SIG Leader: Jeroen Dewinter PhD, Laura Graham Holmes PhD, Anna van der Miesen, MD

SIG Co-Leader: Dena Gassner, Claire Brown, and Ashley Kniola 

Relationships and sexuality are central to health and well-being. Autistic people, their families, and healthcare professionals have expressed the need for research and guidance. In the first two meeting, autism advocates, researchers, clinicians, and students/trainees collaborated on a stakeholder-informed research agenda, resource hubs, and innovative/inclusive methods. This final meeting will focus on discussing guidelines for supporting sexual wellbeing in autistic individuals and on consolidating our network.  Handout and Schedule

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