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Researchers present at world’s largest Autism conference

More than 2300 participants from over 50 different countries attended the 16th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) held from 10 to 13 May in San Francisco, California.


Dr Ben Milbourn, Melissa Scott, Derserri Chee, Julia Tang and Melissa Black.
Dr Ben Milbourn, Melissa Scott, Derserri Chee, Julia Tang and Melissa Black.

IMFAR is the world’s largest Autism conference, bringing together researchers from various disciplines. The extensive conference program focused on key topics including brain structures, early intervention, community-based screening, services, families, developmental processes, cognition, social communication, employment, gene discovery and mental and physical health.

Nine members from the Curtin Autism Research Group – Melissa Black, Derserri Chee, Belinda Cuomo, Associate Professor Sonya Girdler, Yi Huey Lim, Dr Ben Milbourn, Julia Tang, Craig Thompson and Melissa Scott – attended and presented at the IMFAR conference this year. Overall, the Curtin Autism Research Group had two oral and 12 poster presentations accepted at the conference.

There was a greater focus on incorporating individuals on the autism spectrum in the planning and conducting of research, which aligns tightly with the goals of the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, and the Curtin Autism Research Group.

IMFAR was a time to connect with other researchers, exchange knowledge and discover new perspectives. The team had an enjoyable time at the conference and came back feeling inspired by the vast body of research in the autism area.

Contributed by the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work