The First Canada-Israel Autism (ASD) Research Symposium

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Event Information
Saturday, March 1st, 2014 | 6:00pm - Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 | 6:00pm
The Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS)
Edmond J. Safra
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Givat Ram Campus
About the Event: 

The event will bring together researchers in autism and in specialized areas as they relate to autism from Israel, Canada and North America.  It will create opportunities for presentations, round table discussions, tours both on and off campus and informal gatherings.

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The First Canada-Israel Autism (ASD) Research Symposium


March 1 to 4, 2014



Scientific Program Committee:

Autism Researchers


Evening of Saturday, March 1st

  • Reception - Place and time to be confirmed

Sunday, March2nd

  • 8:45-9:15 am: Opening Remarks
  • 9:15-11:45 am: Genetics and Epigenetics of ASD

    Chairman: Peter Szatmari, Canada --- Speakers: Israel: Sagiv Shifman, Yohav Kohen; Canada: Moshe Szyf, Peter Szatmari,  Rosanna Weksberg --- Discussion following presentations
  • 11:45-12:00 Coffee break
  • 12:00-1:00 pm: Short communications: Chairman: Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Canada
  • 1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch
  • 2:00-4:15 pm: Lessons for ASD from other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

    Chairman: Albert Chudley, Canada --- Speakers: Israel: Avi Fainsod - models for ASD; Lidia Gabis - Fragile X; Bruria Benzev - Rett syndrome; Canada: Albert Chudley - Alcohol in pregnancy --- additional speaker to be confirmed
  • 4:00-4:30 pm: coffee break
  • 4:30-6:00 pm: posters
  • Dinner for IMRIC Hub and Canadian guests

Monday, March 3rd

  • 9.00-11.30 am: Prenatal Causes of ASD:

    Chairman: Rosanna Weksberg, Canada --- Speakers: Israel: Asher Ornoy - Drugs and maternal diseases during pregnancy as possible causes of ASD; Italy: David Mankuta and Filippo Muratori - Imaging changes of the brain in ASD --- Canada:Tim Oberlander - Prenatal SSRI exposure and ASD  
  • 11:30-12:00 noon: Coffee break
  • 12:00-1:30 pm:  Short communications
  • 1:30-2:00 pm: Lunch ( on bus)
  • 1:30 -6:00 pm: Organized bus/walking tour of Jerusalem
  • 8:00-11:00 pm: Closing Banquet

Tuesday, March 4th

ASD - What is new in our understanding and in treatment

A day for Researchers, Clinicians & Parents

  • 8:30-9:00am:  Opening comments: Parents of children with ASD including Lihi Lapid, Israel; and Connie Putterman, Canada
  • 09:00-11:00 am: ASD:Overview, Epidemiology and Services in Israel and Canada

    Chairman: Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Canada --- Speakers: Canada: Wendy Roberts - Overview of ASD Service Models and Family Experience in Canada; Helene Ouellette-Kuntz  - “ASD Epidemiologic Research in Canada” --- Israel: Miki Davidovich - Epidemiology of ASD in Israel; Michael Beenstock - “Behavioral Etiology of ASD recurrence: population evidence from Israel"; Asher Ornoy - "Medical and educational services for children with ASD in Israel"
  • 11:00-11:30 am: Coffee break
  • 11.30- 1:00 pm: Early diagnosis of ASD

    Chairman: Nurit Yirmiya, Israel

    Speakers: Canada - Lonnie Zwaigenbaum - Early Detection and Diagnosis of ASD: Insights from High Risk Infant Studies --- Israel:  Cory Shulman - Early diagnosis and DSM5 criteria
  • 1:00-2:00 pm: Lunch break
  • 2:00-4:30 pm:  New Treatment Modalities and Assessment of Outcomes

    Chairman: Wendy Roberts, Canada --- Speakers:  Israel: Nurit Yirmiya, Ditza Zachor, Hana Alonim --- Canada: Evdokia Anagnostu; Jonathan Weiss
  • 4:30-4:45 pm: Coffee break
  • 4:45-6:00 pm: Round table discussion - Ask the experts: discussion between speakers and audience


For more information and to register please visit the symposium website:


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