New speakers and conference program announced

The draft program for 30 national and international speakers presenting over three days at APAC15 in Brisbane from 9 to 11 September 2015 has been released. 

The program has been structured with keynote speakers presenting their work in the morning sessions, followed by concurrent symposiums after the mid-morning break with concurrent sessions in the afternoons.

Dr Joseph Piven M.D. from the University of North Carolina will present the opening plenary covering the results of a brain imaging study of six month old siblings of children with autism, with insights into how the brain develops before autistic behaviours emerge and the potential for early detection.

Day one symposiums will include a presentation from the Autism CRC on the first Australian autism biobank which will contain detailed biological information collected from over 1,200 families allowing research into the genetics of autism. Other symposiums will examine research into developing autism friendly schools, post school challenges for people with autism and strategies for managing anxiety and social issues.

UK developmental cognitive scientist Dr Liz Pellicano will open day two of the conference with a presentation on ways researchers can include autistic people, their families and those who support them in autism research, while Prof Sylvia Rodger will discuss the development of the Autism CRC Research Academy to bring autistic people and researchers together. The morning session will conclude with a presentation from Michelle Garcia Winner on Social Thinking theory and research.

Day two symposiums will include the presentation of results of an Autism CRC nationwide online survey into how Australian schools are meeting the needs of students with autism, as well as an examination of how mainstream schools can be adapted to accommodate students with autism.

Clinical psychologist Dr Iliana Magiati from Singapore will address managing anxiety across the lifespan to open day three of the conference, followed by a presentation from academic and parent Dr Yuan Gao on how ancient Chinese texts have guided his unique approach to parenting a child with autism.

Day three symposiums will include an Autism CRC panel presentation on a range of tools being developed to help improve employment, mental health and wellbeing of adolescents and adults with autism.
Day three will conclude with a Q&A panel session with international keynotes to further examine the central themes of the conference.

When event was last held in 2013 over 1,300 delegates from 20 countries attended with over 100 presentations. Set to be the biggest ever staged, APAC15 offers clinicians, teachers, researchers, parents, and others involved in working with people on the spectrum the perfect opportunity to see global advancements in autism research, including poster sessions for new and ongoing research.

Super early bird registrations close on Friday 5 June 2015 with concession rates available for people on the spectrum, parents/siblings/grandparents/foster carers and students as well as concession card holders.