Annual Summer School Program (August 22-26, 2011)

The annual ART Summer School has been held in Montreal since 2004, and consists of two major sessions:

1. First Year Curriculum 

  1. The first year curriculum is designed to provide a broad-based overview and introduction to autism.  This includes an historical perspective, concepts and diagnostic definitions of autism, measures of the phenotype, the practical conduct of assessments in clinical settings, the neuropsychology and neurobiology of autism, the findings of neuroimaging techniques, neuropsychological assessments, autism over the lifespan, early detection of autism in primary care settings and high-risk samples, behavioral and educational interventions, psychopharmacological approaches, language pathology in autism, the epidemiology of autism, and other relevant topics, including sessions on typical development

  2. Recent and important research findings are presented, discussed and used as training materials.  During the week, trainees also have opportunities to meet with individuals affected by autism.

  3. Due to increasing demand, the Year 1 curriculum has been selectively opened to professionals engaged in autism-related activities who want to benefit from the autism research training week without becoming ART trainees, and this on a fee-paying basis.  Please see the Summer School-only application form for more information.

  4. Pan American Autism Training Initiative (PAATI): This initiative is offered in conjunction with Autism Speaks, which is leading the PAATI, in partnership with CIHR, the Mexican Carso Health Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  ART has committed 4 spots, reserved for Latin American Masters, PhDs and Post-doctoral fellows, to attend the first year curriculum once, with the regular tuition fees waived.  Support for their travel to the summer school is covered by their own institutions, or by Autism Speaks.

2. Second and Third Year Curriculum 

  1. The program organization is the same for years 2 and 3 but the curriculum is spread out over two years and sessions will be rotated from one year to the other.

  2. Year 2 trainees present their work, which will be at different stages of completion. This session is interactive with mentors and other trainees providing feedback.

  3. The year 2 & 3 sessions will help trainees develop the professional skills necessary for future careers as researchers.  Examples of courses given in the past: Applying for research grants, dealing with the media, ethical issues in research, knowledge translation and research partnerships, and researchers working with policy makers.

  4. Advanced sessions will present new findings, techniques, and strategies, and their implications for future research.

  5. All year 2 & 3 trainees must submit a CIHR progress report to the Program Coordinator, giving a summary of their research, as well as an update on their progress in the Program.  This must be done within one month of the end of the summer school.
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