SOURCE: Icare4autism


March 29, 2012 12:39 ET

ICare4Autism Convenes Unprecedented Global Leadership Gathering

Researchers, Educators and Policymakers Meet in Jerusalem to Combat Escalating Crisis

JERUSALEM--(Marketwire - Mar 29, 2012) - On August 1-2, 2012, more than 1,500 leaders in autism research, education and policy from every continent will gather in Jerusalem, Israel, for ICare4Autism's 2012 International Conference, "Autism: A Global Perspective".

The Conference will highlight groundbreaking research into the causes and treatments of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and serve as a catalyst for powerful new collaborations to tackle the global autism crisis.

Dr. Joshua Weinstein, ICare4Autism's Founder and CEO, explained that, "Thanks to the latest advances in research and practice, autism and hope are no longer mutually exclusive, but the rapidly increasing rate of autism incidence represents an urgent call to global action. The time to act is now."

Dame Stephanie Shirley, The British Government's Founding Ambassador for Philanthropy, and Chairman of the Shirley Foundation, will deliver the Autism: A Global Perspective Keynote Address.

She will be joined by distinguished researchers and practitioners from more than 20 countries who will unveil their latest biomedical discoveries and educational innovations.

The latest biomedical research will be presented by Dr. Eric Hollander, Chairman of the ICare4Autism Advisory Council and Director of the Autism Spectrum Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center (Neuropsychopharmacology of Oxytocin and Inflammation in ASD); Dr. Randi Hagerman, Medical Director of the M.I.N.D. Institute (New Initiatives in Autism Research and Practice); and Dr. Hakon Hakonarson, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Autism Research (Gene Networks Underlying Autism Targeted for Therapeutic Intervention).

Policymakers including Juan Carlos Brandt (Chief, Advocacy, Department of Public Information, United Nations) and Eileen Hopkins (Expert Advisor to the World Health Organization on Autism) will share insights into challenges posed by the rising incidence of autism worldwide.

Innovative educational practices will be featured in presentations by Dr. S. Mariam Aljunied (Senior Autism Specialist, Singapore Ministry of Education); Dr. Carlos Marcin Salazar (Director of the National Autism Clinic of Mexico); Drs. Tamar Weiss, Eynat Gal and Nirit Bauminger (Bar-Ilan University, Israel); and Dr. Pamela Wolfberg (Director, Autism Spectrum Program, University of California San Francisco). Attendees will tour the campus where ICare4Autism will open the world's first Global Autism Research and Education Center in 2015.

ICare4Autism (International Center for Autism Research & Education) is a charitable organization, founded in 2004 to catalyze breakthrough innovations in autism research, diagnosis and treatment. For information:

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