Monday, October 08, 2007

CIHR's Invisible National Autism Symposium

I have written several commentaries on this site critical of the Harper Government\CIHR National Autism Symposium. The Autism Symposium was touted as ABOVE ALL an exercise in .... community building. Except that the community reps were all hand picked by the CIHR, without input from the provincial Autism Societies or FEAT organizations.

The agenda, list of speakers, and list of invited guests, are all unknown to the "community" at this time. Now it appears that the National Autism Symposium itself will be kept hush hush to the point of being invisible.

The Autism Symposium is scheduled for November 8 and 9 in Toronto, yet it is not even listed on the general Event Listing page of the CIHR website or on the Upcoming Events section of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) section which actually lists NO upcoming events:

Event Listing (General)

December 4-6, 2007: Human Health Resources 2007: Connecting Issues and People
The conference will explore health human resources planning and management issues at all levels of the health-care system in Canada. CIHR is one of the organizers.
Ottawa, Ontario

November 13 and 14, 2007: The First Canadian Workshop on Bed Rest Studies
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) and the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) invite you to participate in a unique event. This workshop will be held preceding the annual meeting of the CSEP at the London Convention Center, and will focus on training methods to maintain musculoskeletal and cardiovascular function in weightlessness or simulated microgravity (bed rest).
London, Ontario

October 4-5, 2007: CIHR Workshop for Journalists on Mental Health
CIHR invites journalists for a unique opportunity to explore and discuss the latest in mental health discoveries with today's research leaders from Quebec including Dr. RĂ©mi Quirion, Dr. Sonia Lupien, Dr. Gustavo Turecki, Dr. Karim Nader, Dr. Michael Meaner, Dr. Ridha Joober, and many more.
Presentations will be held in French.
Montreal, Quebec

NMHA Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction 5th Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, Toronto
May 22-23, 2007

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yet another example of building community. This was announced months ago.