An Interview with IACC Member Dr. Matt Carey

As some folks in the autism communities seem to misunderstand the purpose and mission of the IACC — the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, we asked recent IACC appointee Matt Carey to talk about why he joined the IACC, what the IACC does, and what he hopes to accomplish as a member.  From the IACC member bios: Dr. Matt Carey joined the IACC as a public member in 2012. Dr. Carey is the father of a young child with multiple disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, and is a frequent contributor to the Left Brain/Right Brain blog and other autism blogs. His writing focuses on reviewing current autism research in an understandable way for the public and he is deeply committed to communicating the importance of getting the science right for autism.  TPGA: What is your elevator pitch, in terms of telling people what the IACC is and what it does? Dr.…


IMFAR 2012: NIH and IACC Overview

Susan Daniels Acting director of office of autism research coordination at NIH (National Institutes of Health) Involved in strategic planning & research at IACC (Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee) —-   Dr. Daniels spoke at IMFAR about the IACC and the NIH, on the autism research landscape, and IACC research and data sharing. Any errors or omission are on yours truly. -SR IACC (Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee) IACC background: formed under Combating Autism Act of 2006 (CAA) with the goal of accelerating the pace of autism research, and coordinating it as well. The CAA expired Sept 2011, but has been reauthorized. The IACC consists of Federal and Public members (click photo to enlarge): List of IACC members, new members are red The IACC Mission (from the official site, iacc.hhs.gov) Provide advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding Federal activities related to autism spectrum disorder.
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IMFAR 2012: Evans – Structural Connectivity in Neurodevelopment

Dr. Evans was a keynote speaker at IMFAR 2012. His talk centered around the work that is being done based on the data collected from the longitudinal study of normal brain development at NIH. He spoke extensively about correlates that can be read from the data, for example, the relationship between cortical structure and things like IQ and testosterone levels. It would be impossible to capture the incredible amount of information in 140 character bites, but as an outline, we hope it can give you a starting point for further research. Errors, omissions and misspellings are mine.-JBM