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 the distinction between INSAR and IMFAR, and between registering for INSAR membership and registering for the IMFAR meeting. These are two distinct processes with distinct benefits. INSAR's webpage ( 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
  • 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 March 2009)
  • 4)
    Ability to post advertisements on our website's Jobs Posting page
  • 5)
    Print issues of Autism Research can be purchased at a discount rate of $35 per year (plus international mailing charges, when applicable).

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 (14,032 times as of January 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.

A second major achievement of the past year was the establishment of the Society's webpage ( This webpage contains 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 logon 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 Peter Mundy, PhD (Vice President), Kate Loveland, PhD (Treasurer), Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD (Secretary), Sally Rogers, PhD (ex officio), as well as various committee chairs (Membership—Nurit Yirmiya, PhD; Elections—Joe Piven, MD; Student—Mathew Goodwin). The Board also includes the Editor-in-Chief of Autism Research (Anthony Bailey, MD), and the current IMFAR Scientific Program Chair (Ed Cook, MD). Elections for new officers will be held in March 2009, and announcements will be sent out to INSAR members and posted on our website. IMFAR 2009 will be held in Chicago from May 7-9 (Ed Cook, MD—meeting Chairperson), and IMFAR 2010 will be held in Philadelphia (dates to be determined; Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD—meeting Chairperson). The Society is greatly indebted to the volunteer service of those who serve on the Board and help run the annual scientific meeting.


Bob Schultz, PhD

INSAR, President