BioAutism 2013: 3rd February, Melbourne

An official 2013 ANS satellite meeting, BioAutism 2013 will focus on the neural and biological basis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

It is estimated that 1 in 100 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder each year. While the causes of autism are not clear, in recent years significant progress has been made towards unraveling the underlying disease etiology and candidate mechanisms.

The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers working on autism spectrum disorders from multiple disciplines, with the specific goal to consider how basic and clinical research can accelerate therapies and treatments.
Topics to be discussed include genetics, synaptic and circuit level mechanisms, cognitive mechanisms, animal models, moving from models and mechanisms to therapeutics.

The organisers include: Dr Elisa Hill (Uni Melb), A.Prof Tony Hannan (Florey/Uni Melb), Dr Naomi Bishop (La Trobe), Dr Randal Moldrich (UQ) and Dennis Crowley.


Current invited speakers include:

  • Dr Ricardo Dolmetsch (Stanford University, CA, USA): Synaptic function and autism.
  • Prof Anne Kavanagh (Uni Melb): Autism: a parent’s perspective
  • Prof Valsamma Eapen (UNSW): ASD in the clinic: Overlap and boundaries with other neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Dr Kent Williams (Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia, USA): Gastrointestinal disorders in autism
  • Dr Jenny Gunnersen (Uni Melb): Altered neuronal connectivity in ASD
  • Dr Julian Heng (ARMI): Pten function in brain development
  • Dr Randal Moldrich (CAI/QBI/UQ): Social interaction in mouse models of autism
  • Prof Chris Pantelis (Uni Melb): Genetics of ASD

A full program will be available closer to the day of the event.

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Thanks to the generosity of our principal sponsors, University of Melbourne and Florey Neurosciences Institute, there will be no fee for registration.

To register please email

  • Your full name and title
  • Your affiliation and address
  • Email and telephone contact details
  • and whether your have any special dietary requirements.

Registrations will be accepted up until the close of business, Friday January 18 2013.

Despite being a scientific meeting, the organising committee is keen to have distinguished and interested members of the community attend. To register your interest, please email the local organiser Dr Hill (

Call for Poster Abstracts

Poster presentations are welcomed from registrants. Maximum poster size will be 1m wide x 1.4m long.

Ongoing and recruiting studies, and registered trials, are welcomed.

Abstract acceptance will be based on scientific quality.

Oral presentations will be offered to some selected and accepted abstracts.

Abstracts should be submitted to Please indicate if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation.

The abstract submission deadline is the close of business, Friday 14 December 2012

Further information at


Hello. My name's Jon Brock. I'm a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the ARC Centre for Cognition and its Disorders and the Departments of Cognitive Science and Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. My research focuses on cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in developmental disorders including autism, Williams syndrome, and Down syndrome. Publications can be downloaded here. My CV (pdf) can be downloaded here. As well as this blog, I've also written for the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, and The Conversation. Translations of some of my posts can be found on the Spanish-language website Autismo Diario. This blog is for interest only and should not be seen as a substitute for professional advice. Opinions expressed are my own (at the time of writing).

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