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International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 20th Annual Meeting, May 3-7, 2021

Leading autism scientists, students, and advocates from around the world to gather virtually to share latest findings and discoveries

Rubenstein Associates, Inc.

Scientific Meeting Announcement

The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 2021 Annual Meeting - the organization's 20th - will virtually bring together a global, multidisciplinary group of researchers, clinicians and students presenting their latest research. Anyone interested in autism research is welcome to attend. The meeting will be held Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7, 2021 with registrants having access to on- demand content until June 7. The INSAR Annual Meeting is the world's largest gathering of scientists and specialists as they exchange and disseminate the latest scientific discoveries and stimulate progress into the nature, causes, and treatments and supports for autism spectrum disorder. INSAR 2021 will be the 20th Anniversary of the first annual meeting of INSAR. The first Annual Meeting, then named IMFAR (International Meeting for Autism Research), was held in San Diego, CA on November 9 & 10, 2001.

The 20th INSAR Annual Meeting will include virtual presentations of oral papers and posters, and panel sessions. Recipients of the INSAR Advocate Award, INSAR Cultural Diversity Research Award, and INSAR Lifetime Achievement Award will also be announced. More than 1,300 abstracts with authors from over 30 countries have been accepted for virtual Panel, Oral and Poster presentation.

A virtual press conference will be held on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST that will focus on highlighted notable research.

Registration is through the INSAR website. INSAR Membership is not required.

Panel session topics include:

  • Global Insights on Understanding and Reducing Autism Stigma
  • The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Conditions: Lessons Learned from Studies across the Lifespan
  • Using Novel Implementation Tools for Evidence-Based Practice Delivery (UNITED) for Under Resourced Settings
  • Etiologies of Deviant Prenatal Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Implications for Early Treatment
  • Substance Use Among Adolescents and Adults on the Spectrum
  • Bridging the Gap: Mitigating Barriers to Autism Service Access in Rural Populations

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Stormy J. Chamberlain, UConn School of Medicine
  • Dr. Tony Charman, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London
  • Dr. Petrus J de Vries, Centre for Autism Research in Africa, University of Cape Town
  • Dr. Lucina Q. Uddin, University of Miami


WHAT: International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 20th Annual Meeting, virtually bringing together more than 1,000 autism researchers, practitioners, and advocates from over 30 countries

WHERE: The annual meeting will be available virtually through the INSAR 2021 Virtual Meeting platform. The press conference will be livestreamed on the INSAR Facebook page.

Press Conference:
Monday, May 3rd, 12:00 PM -1:00 PM
The press conference will be livestreamed on the INSAR Facebook page

Keynote, Scientific Panel and Oral Presentations, and On-demand ePoster Sessions:
Tuesday, May 4, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 5, 10:00 AM - 7:15 PM
Thursday, May 6, 9:00 AM - 2:45 PM

Sessions premiere May 3 - May 7 with on-demand access through June 7. In-conjunction events will be held May 3 and May 7. All session times shown in Eastern Time. The virtual platform will provide options to convert to other time zones.


  • Media registration:

  • Scientific abstracts are embargoed until Monday, May 3rd at 1:00 PM EST

  • Visit the following link for INSAR 2021 Annual Meeting updates:

  • INSAR will arrange requested telephone interviews prior to the INSAR 2021 Annual Meeting and also remote interviews during the conference. Please contact if interested.

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