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INSAR is the major professional, scientific organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. Our growing organization offers the following benefits to members:

1) Organization of the annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). Members of INSAR do not pay for submitting abstracts and receive a reduced registration fee

2) Free on-line access to our flagship journal: Autism Research

3) Access to members only sections of the INSAR website

4) Job postings on the website

5) Ability to vote in elections and participate in committee activities

This May I assumed the role as President of INSAR; Lonnie Zwaigenbaum is the new Vice President; Kevin Pelphrey the new treasurer and Nancy Minshew, Secretary. We are fortunate to be taking on the work of INSAR at a time when our prior Board (David Amaral, Simon Baron-Cohen, Laura Klinger and Deborah Fein and Bob Schultz) had achieved so much in placing our organization on a firm financial footing and planning a number of important new initiatives. We are sincerely grateful for all their hard work these past two years, and are pleased that both David and Laura will continue as members of the board in the coming years. Our top priority in the coming months will be to revamp the website, under the leadership of Simon Baron-Cohen, Chair of the Website Committee and Christa Anderson, our new web editor. Look for the unveiling of the new website later this fall! We are also planning a number of additional initiatives over the coming months.

IMFAR 2011 was a resounding success in San Diego! Our thanks go to Laura Schreibman (Conference Chair) and her committee and Dan Geschwind (Scientific Program Chair) and his committee.

Start planning now for IMFAR 2012: May 17th–19th in Toronto!

You are receiving this informative journal because you are a member of INSAR. I would ask that you spread the word about INSAR to your colleagues. Remember, we offer discounts for students. Tell your colleagues to log on to the website (http://autism-insar.org). Membership is based on a calendar year (January–December); if they join now, they will receive a few extra months of membership benefits.

Please also consider participating in our committee work - drop me a line (htagerf@bu.edu) if you would like to explore opportunities for getting involved in your professional organization.

Sincerely,

Helen Tager-Flusberg

INSAR, President