Monday, February 1, 2010

Renowned Medical Experts to Grace First International Autism Conference

Medical experts from here and abroad will share their knowledge and expertise to empower parents and care groups on how to deal with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) during the First International Autism Conference to be held on February 3-5, 2010 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

The International Autism Conference will gather 16 medical experts all over the world who will present the most current research, knowledge, information, diagnosis, assessment, treatments and policies surrounding ASD in support of people under the spectrum and their families.

Thirteen of the 16 doctors presenting in the conference are leading experts from the Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute of the University of California Davis (MIND Institute)/, an international, multidisciplinary research organization based in Sacramento, California, USA.

Included in the agenda of the three-day conference are infrequently, if not, never-before discussed topics such as the Genetics of Autism, the Neurobiology of Autism, the Epidemiology of Autism, Social and Neurocognitive Development in Autism, as well as Identification and Pursuance of Scientific Research to address the needs of Autism in the Philippines where about half-a-million Filipinos are diagnosed to be afflicted by the disease.

More topics will be discussed by doctors from MIND Institute including Medical Interventions for Autism of All Ages, Play and Imagination in Children with Autism: Guiding Social Experiences with Peers, Training on the Use of Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), and Diagnosis and Evidence-based Treatment of Adolescents with Autism, among other topics.

Three experts from Autism Speaks USA will also join the 13 experts from MIND Institute in the conference to discuss the Identification and Pursuance of Scientific Research to Address the Needs of Autism in the Philippines.

According to Autism Hearts Philippines Executive Director Christine Roa, “Concerned individuals including health practitioners and teachers from all over the world will definitely find their participation greatly beneficial as the conference will help them understand the many facets of the disorder to be able to better assist their family, friends and acquaintances suffering from the developmental disorder.”

The conference will also mark the start of the New York-based autism advocacy group Autism Speaks’ Global Autism Public Health Initiative in the Philippines (GAPH), which is dedicated to service delivery and research collaboration on Autism.

“The conference will mark the beginning of united efforts to create change in the lives of people with Autism. We enjoin all Filipinos especially families living with autism to support our advocacy by registering their participation in the International Autism Conference,” said Roa.

The First International Autism Conference is supported by Autism Hearts Foundation, MIND Institute, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Education.

For more information and online registration, contact the International Autism Conference Secretariat at (632) 819-3724, 818-9926, email, or visit their website at


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