Asia Pacific Autism Conference (APAC) – Brisbane 9-11 September
The biennial Asia Pacific Autism Conference, APAC15, is taking place in Brisbane this September, and organisers have now announced a program of 30 national and international speakers.
This event is hosted by the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders in conjunction with one of the state bodies each time: this year it is the turn of Autism Queensland and it is taking place at The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
APAC15 is for researchers, practitioners, teachers and educators, allied health professionals, support organisations, advocates, parents, families and carers, and policy makers. Special discounts are available for people on the autism spectrum and families.
Each day will begin with a keynote speaker, followed by concurrent symposiums, and concurrent sessions in the afternoons.
Dr Joseph Piven MD, University of North Carolina, (pictured left) will open the conference with the results of a brain imaging study of six month old siblings of children with autism, with insights into how the brain develops before autistic behaviours emerge and the potential for early detection.
The Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will talk about the first Australian autism biobank which will contain detailed biological information collected from over 1,200 families allowing research into the genetics of autism.
Dr Liz Pellicano, UK developmental cognitive scientist, will open day two with a presentation on ways researchers can include autistic people, their families and those who support them in autism research.
Prof Sylvia Rodger will discuss the development of the Autism CRC Research Academy to bring autistic people and researchers together.
A Q&A panel with international keynotes will bring the conference to a close.
Amaze CEO, Fiona Sharkie, will be speaking about improving understanding of autism through voices of those with the lived experience.
Bookings – Super Early Bird closes 5 June
The Super Early Bird registrations close on Friday 5 June 2015, with concession rates available for people on the spectrum, parents/siblings/grandparents/partners/foster carers and students as well as concession card holders.