Save the Date: July 10, 2012 – Meeting of the IACC

13 Jun

The first meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) will meet on July 10, 2012. Roughly one month from today. An announcement from the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) is below.

Please save the date Tuesday, July 10, 2012 for the first meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) under the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act. OARC will post additional meeting details to the IACC website, http://iacc.hhs.gov/events/, as they become available in June and early July.

Members of the community may also be interested in the following updates:

· This year’s International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in took place in Toronto, Canada from May 16-19, 2012. Many members of the public and advocacy community participated, including several IACC members. OARC Acting Director, Dr. Susan Daniels, gave a presentation on behalf of the OARC/IACC and NIH at the meeting and the slides are posted on the IACC website at: http://iacc.hhs.gov/non-iacc-events/2012/slides_imfar_susan_daniels_051712.pdf. The presentation includes an update on the IACC, a preview of the data from OARC/IACC publications that will be released this summer, an update on the NIH Autism Centers of Excellence, and a challenge to the research community to embrace data sharing to advance autism research. The video clip from the presentation will be posted on the Non-IACC Meetings and Events web page as soon as it is available.

· On May 21, 2012, IACC Chairman, Dr. Thomas Insel published a blog highlighting the critical need for increased data sharing across scientific fields, including ASD research: “Time Matters – Why We Care So Much About Data Sharing.”

· On May 24, 2012, NIH, CDC and HRSA issued a news update about a newly published report based on data from the Survey of Pathways to Diagnosis and Services: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2012/most-children-with-asd-diagnosed-after-age-5-use-multiple-services-and-medications.shtml.

· The American Psychiatric Association is accepting public comment until June 15, 2012 on proposed changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) . For more information, please see the APA website at: http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Sincerely,

The Office of Autism Research Coordination

Note: I am one of the public members slated to be a part of the IACC.

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