IMFAR - Call for Abstracts


International Meeting for Autism Research (London, May 15-17, 2008)


The deadlines to enter new abstracts and to edit existing abstracts have been reached.

We invite you to submit for review abstracts in all disciplines relevant to autism research for presentation at the 2008 IMFAR meeting. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Wednesday, January 21, 2009.

Relevant topics include but are not limited to: etiology, risk factors, epidemiology, neuroimaging, treatment, cognition, behavior, language, communication, movement disorders, diagnosis, phenotype, genetics, animal models, education, neurology, psychiatry, psychology, pathology, immunity, environment, medical conditions. IMFAR is a scientific meeting and only presentations based primarily on empirical data will be accepted.

The rapid growth of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and the importance of IMFAR as the largest international congregation of autism investigators have lead to policies that ensure effective communication with the scientific and autism communities through the press and media organizations. Information submitted to IMFAR as an abstract for oral or poster presentation is embargoed until after the time of presentation. The program committee will select abstracts for inclusion in a press book and INSAR will make arrangements for information release and press conferences during the meeting. Press policies may be viewed on the INSAR website.

There will be fewer oral presentations this year and more poster presentations. The scientific committee will determine which submissions will be presented as oral presentations. The research presented at the meeting must be substantively identical to that described in the abstract, though the addition of subsequent data is allowed. Live exhibits cannot be accommodated at the meeting.


  1. Abstracts must be submitted online by the submission deadline -- Wednesday, January 21, 2009
  2. Funding sources (sponsors) must be identified, including commercial, public, or private foundation grants, and off-label use of drugs.
  3. The submitter must certify that
    • Any work with human or animal subjects related in the abstract complies with the guiding policies and principles for experimental procedures endorsed by the National Institute of Health.
    • Each author on the abstract has given consent to appear as an author. (Note, each author will automatically receive notice of abstract submission, and will be able to view it at any time.)
    • The presenter will register for the IMFAR conference and will pay the registration fee by April 15.
  4. An individual may appear as first author on only one abstract.
  5. Any real or perceived financial conflict of interest of each investigator must be reported. Any potential for financial gain that may be derived from reported work may constitute a potential conflict of interest.
  6. The text of the abstract must:
    • Be 300 words or less
    • Include these five paragraph headings: background, objectives, methods, results, conclusions
    • Not include the authors' names.
NOTE: ABSTRACTS WILL BE PRINTED EXACTLY AS THEY ARE SUBMITTED. Therefore we strongly recommend that you compose the text of the abstract in your own word processor before beginning the online submission process. Check the spelling and grammar of that text before submitting it. The conference organizers will not edit any portion of abstracts (e.g., title, authors, affiliations, spelling errors).

As soon as you have submitted the title of your presentation you will automatically receive an email from ( that includes a password-protected hyperlink. If you must interrupt the submission process before finishing it, you can resume at any time by clicking on the hyperlink in that email. If you misplace that email, click here and we will send you another link to your abstract.

Submissions Closed