OTARC Students Cathy Bent, Emma Baker and Megan Clark attended IMFAR 2015
By Megan Clark, PhD Candidate, OTARC
This year, the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) was held in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a young researcher and first time attendee, this proved to be an exciting opportunity both for networking with and learning from other students and experienced researchers in the field. One of the many highlights was the keynote address from Professor Sally Rogers, providing a reflection on 50 years of early intervention science. The Early Start Denver Model was also introduced as an emerging early intervention program promoting positive outcomes for many children with ASD. The range of topics covered over the three days was vast, ranging from studies investigating cognition, language development and attention in ASD, medical and psychiatric co-morbidities, repetitive behaviours and interests, genetics and social development. The panel sessions and poster presentations also covered stages of the lifespan, from early development to adult outcomes. This ensured all researchers could be exposed to an array of topics in line with and outside of their own research interests.