On May 19th, 2013, The International Center for Autism Research and Education held a conference for pediatricians on “Autism: An update on genetic and clinical aspects,” convening experts in the field of autism for a critical and comprehensive look at the most contemporary findings and practices pertaining to autism spectrum disorder. The conference was held at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in conjunction with The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine.
The conference opened the floor for discussion on the various approaches to autism intervention and facilitated international collaboration. Emanuel Tirosh M.D., of the Hannah Khoushy Child Development Center, The Bnai Zion Medical Center, and the Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, addressed the congregation on drug treatment for autism, balancing benefits with expectations, and discussing avenues for progress among pharmaceutical research for autism spectrum disorder. Pediatric Neurologist Michael Davidovitch M.D. of Maccabi Health Services presented expert opinion and strategy for early detection of autism. Tali Gev, Ph.D. presented a critical review of non-medical intervention approaches for autism. Hakon Hakonarson, M.D., Ph.D., of the Center for Autism Research, The Joseph Stokes Jr. Research Institute, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, presented novel therapeutic development to aid autism and the most current review of the role of genetics for autism spectrum disorder. Dov Inbar, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine, presented epidemiological aspects of autism.
Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., M.B.A., Founder and CEO of The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4Autism), commenced the conference with a statement on the integral role of pediatrician in the diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Weinstein commented on the outcome of the conference saying,
I feel blessed to be among such a diverse group of intellectuals approaching this autism puzzle from every angle. I believe events like this are important intersections for the various avenues of autism research and efforts. I have faith that collaboration and critical review, like we saw here today, will lead us to a complete understanding of the etiology of autism and subsequently able us to better cope with the complexities of the disorder.