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Conference Call #3 of the IACC’s Strategic Plan Update - Working Group 2

Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening?

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Topic Topic Description
Date: Monday, November 28, 2016              
Time: 11:00 a.m. ET
Conference Call Access: Phone: 888-456-0327
Access code: 2121996
Cost: The meeting is free and open to the public.
Members Working Group 2 Biographies

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Time Event
11:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Susan Daniels, Ph.D., Director, Office of Autism Research Coordination, NIMH and Executive Secretary, IACC

Walter Koroshetz, M.D., Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health and Co-Chair IACC Strategic Plan Question 2 Working Group

Louis Reichardt, Ph.D., Director, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative and Co-Chair IACC Strategic Plan Question 2 Working Group

11:05 Discussion of Chapter Outline
11:15 Discussion of Proposed Strategic Plan Objectives for Question 2

Areas highlighted on previous calls for possible consideration:
  1. Undertake studies utilizing phenotypic and genetic data to examine the biological basis of ASD, including in systems biology and developmental contexts.
  2. Understand the underlying biology of co-occurring conditions in ASD, including the unique aspects of these conditions in ASD, to identify future avenues for treatment.
  3. Support integration of ASD research across the continuum of science through the formation of collaborative research teams and the involvement of individuals on the autism spectrum.
12:15 Discussion of Change to Aspirational Goal

Discover how ASD affects development, which will lead to targeted and personalized interventions.
  • On the last call, the group suggested further clarification of the word “development” is needed.
  • An initial proposed draft of the new aspirational goal is:

    Increase knowledge of the underlying biology of ASD across the lifespan to enable the development of targeted and personalized interventions as well as societal accommodations that will improve the quality of life for people on the autism spectrum.
Title: How Can I Understand What Is Happening?
  • Does the group want to consider making any changes to the chapter’s title? (On the last call, the group did not see the need for changes.)
12:25 Wrap up and next steps
12:30 Adjourn

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