The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. It is the parent organization that is responsible for running the annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). Unfortunately, there continues to be some confusion about registering for INSAR membership and registering for the IMFAR meeting. These are two distinct processes with distinct benefits. INSAR's webpage (autism-insar.org) should be used for (1) paying your annual membership dues (due by January 1 of each year), as well as (2) IMFAR registration (starting in January or February). Membership dues go toward supporting all of the Society's activities, and provide several important benefits, including:
1)Free online access to Autism Research (through autism-insar.org)
2)IMFAR registration discounts (and in the future, possible preferential registration)
3)Ability to vote and run for elected office in INSAR (next elections to be in February 2011)
4)Ability to post advertisements on our website's Jobs Posting page.
I want to take this opportunity to update you on Society activities over the past year. One of our major achievements was the creation of the Society's journal, Autism Research. Our first issue of Autism Research was published in March of 2008. We will continue to publish every other month, before becoming a monthly publication within the next few years. Judging from the number of full text article downloads (20,360 in 2009), as well as feedback from the scientific community, our new Journal is already a resounding success. Autism Research prides itself on fast turn around times for the review process, and we aspire to be the leading publication in the field. Our Editorial Board (front inside cover) is composed of numerous well recognized leaders in the field, each of whom will be submitting some of their best work in these earlier years in order to help establish a first rate reputation for the Journal.
The Society's webpage (http://autism-insar.org/) continues to be a source of important information, containing Society news, an archive of past IMFAR meeting abstracts, a jobs board, and links to Autism Research, various funding sources and autism organizations. All INSAR members are entitled to free online access to Autism Research. In order to receive this benefit, you must register through the INSAR website and create a username and password. You can then log on to the INSAR website and use it as a portal to Autism Research. Please also approach your local librarian and encourage them to subscribe to the Journal.
INSAR continues to grow its membership and the scope of its activities. I encourage you to consider becoming active in the Society. The current Board of Directors includes David Amaral (President), Simon Baron-Cohen (Vice President), Deborah Fein (Treasurer), Laura Klinger (Secretary), Robert Schultz, PhD (ex officio), as well as various committee chairs (Membership—Nurit Yirmiya, PhD; Elections—Joe Piven, MD; Student—Mathew Goodwin). IMFAR 2010 will be held in Philadelphia (May 20–22; Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, meeting Chairperson; David Mandell, ScD, Chair of the Scientific Program Committee). The Society is greatly indebted to the volunteer service of those who serve on the Board and help run the annual scientific meeting.