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Nothing ever stands still in autism research! In May we saw the launch of DSM-5, which brought significant changes to the diagnostic categories relevant to autism. Researchers, clinicians and stakeholders are all waiting to see what the impact of these changes will be. Perhaps some of you are already collecting data and getting ready to present new findings at IMFAR 2014 in Atlanta. The Meeting Chair, Professor Ami Kiln, and Scientific Program Co-Chairs, Professors Laura Grofer Klinger and Joseph Piven, are working hard to make this meeting the best ever. They have some great new ideas for social events around our popular poster sessions, and I'm pleased to say there will be space for plenty of poster presentations. IMFAR 2013 was a huge success, but the smaller venue meant many excellent presentations had to be turned away. If you were one of the unlucky ones in 2013, don't be discouraged from submitting your best research for IMFAR 2014; we want to see you in Atlanta!

Remember that the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is your scientific and professional organization, devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. Don't just join INSAR to come to the annual meeting; join INSAR for the many other membership benefits:

  • Eligibility to apply for our Awards (Student Travel, Diversity, Dissertation, Young Investigator, Professionals from Developing Countries, Slifka / Ritvo Innovation in Autism)
  • Online subscription to Autism Research journal
  • Ability to vote and run for elected office in INSAR
  • Eligibility to participate on INSAR committees and serve as an abstract reviewer
  • Free abstract submission to annual IMFAR meeting
  • Reduced registration fee for annual IMFAR meeting
  • Eligibility to submit Educational Symposia proposals for IMFAR
  • Free audio/video files of select IMFAR presentations (Keynotes, Educational Symposium, etc)
  • Submit job postings for the INSAR Web site (postings can be viewed by all visitors)
  • Online membership directory

Membership in INSAR is open to individuals engaged in academic or research activities (full membership), graduate and medical students and post-doctoral researchers (student members), and to other community members (affiliates) with an interest in the study of autism spectrum disorders. Become part of this thriving community of researchers, parents and advocates who are committed to making scientific progress in understanding autism. Online membership applications are now available at http://www.autism-insar.org/membership.

I look forward to your participation in INSAR, and to hearing your suggestions and ideas for how to make your professional society even better.