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Boston Autism Community

International Autism Virtual Conference
Monday, May 3, 2021

Crafted specifically for local stakeholders, this free, one-day pre-conference virtual event offered a glimpse of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) annual meeting. In the morning we offered lectures from some of the INSAR keynote speakers and Boston’s own Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D.—recipient of a 2021 lifetime achievement award. The afternoon session was dedicated to learning COVID-19’s impact on the community.

We are pleased to share the recordings of the outstanding presentations. If you registered for the conference, use the original link for the event in the confirmation email you received to access the recordings. Otherwise, click the register link below to receive an email with instructions for viewing the recordings. 

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Monday, May 3rd Agenda

(Subject to change)

All times listed are Eastern.

Morning Session: Highlights from International Society for Autism Research Meeting (Zoom)

9:00 – 9:05am
Welcome and Introduction
Sarah Spence, M.D., Ph.D. and Ann Neumeyer, M.D.

9:05 – 9:45am
A Global Perspective of Autism Research
Petrus de Vries, Ph.D.

9:50 – 10:35am
Developmental Studies of Early Autism: Progress and Challenges
Tony Charman, Ph.D.

10:40 – 11:20am
Network Neuroscience of Autism
Lucina Uddin, Ph.D.

11:25am – 12:00pm
Explorations of Language Across the Full Spectrum of Autism
Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D.

12:00 – 1:00pm
Lunch Break
Music Videos from our Autism Community Members

Afternoon Session: Autism in Times of Pandemic (Zoom)

1:00 – 1:05pm
Introduction to COVID-19 Impact Session

1:05 – 1:45pm
Supporting Individuals with Autism During COVID-19
Liz Martineau, BCBA
, Director, Nashoba Learning Group

1:50 – 2:30pm
Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities (MCPAP ASD-ID)
Jean Frazier, M.D.
, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics,
University of Massachusetts Medical School

2:35 – 3:05pm
Virtual Diagnosis & Treatment of ASD During COVID-19 and Beyond: Lessons Learned from Telehealth
Lisa Nowinski, Ph.D.Director of Psychology Services,
Lurie Center for Autism, Massachusetts General Hospital

3:10 – 3:50pm
Optimizing and Sustaining Virtual Care after COVID-19
Adam Licurse, M.D. MHS, Executive Director for Virtual Care,
Brigham Health

3:50 – 3:55pm
Thank You and Closing
Sarah Spence, M.D., Ph.D. and Ann Neumeyer, M.D

Meet the Presenters

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Sarah Spence

Sarah Spence, M.D., Ph.D.

Ann Neumeyer

Ann Neumeyer, M.D.

Petrus de Vries

Petrus de Vries, Ph.D.

Tony Charman

Tony Charman, Ph.D.

Lucina Uddin

Lucina Uddin, Ph.D.

Helen Tager-Flusberg Ph.D.

Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D.

Liz Martineau

Liz Martineau, BCBA

Jean Frazier

Jean Frazier, M.D.

Lisa Nowinski

Lisa Nowinski, Ph.D.

Adam Licurse

Adam Licurse, M.D. MHS