Banff XLVII: Autism in Transition
March 15 to 18, 2015


This 47th annual conference, “Autism in Transition,” will present plenary addresses and workshops on the latest perspectives on how to understand, diagnose and treat autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children, adolescents, and adults.  Once considered rare, autism has an estimated prevalence of 1 in 70 individuals.  It is characterized by difficulties in communication, responding to social cues, and developing relationships, as well as resistance to change and repetitive behaviours.  Leading researchers and practitioners from across North America will describe current research, including important advances in neuroscience, behavioral phenotyping, and epigenetic/genetics.  The conference will also examine the importance of early diagnosis, effective interventions and policies in enhancing outcomes for individuals and families impacted by autism.  The target audience for this conference includes researchers, clinicians, trainees and policy makers working in the field of autism.

The Conference is organized by Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science, a nonprofit organization and this conference is co-sponsored by NeuroDevNet and the Sinneave Foundation.

Planning Committee
Robert J. McMahon (Co-Chair) Simon Fraser University; Child & Family Research Institute
Ray DeV. Peters (Co-Chair) Queen’s University
Dan Goldowitz (Co-Chair) NeuroDevNet, the University of British Columbia, and Child & Family Research Institute
Margaret Clarke (Co-Chair) Sinneave Foundation
Kenneth D. Craig University of British Columbia

Purpose of the Banff International Conferences
To provide a forum where researchers, practitioners and policy makers can interact to discuss contemporary practice and research.

Please note that our conference has been approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to provide Continuing Education credits. Attendance at each workshop will provide 3 CE credits.

The Banff Conferences have pioneered the ‘conference of colleagues’ format for professional and scientific meetings. Registration is limited and the program is designed for both formal and informal interactions among all participants. Plenary sessions and workshops are presented by individuals renowned for the excellence of their applied acumen or research. Conversation hours, poster session, banquet, cash bars, sightseeing expeditions, and cross-country and downhill ski trips provide the opportunity to interact with colleagues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Conference is held at the Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The Centre provides a comfortable setting nestled in one of the most picturesque environments in North America, convenient to skiing and other forms of outdoor recreation.

The Banff Centre
For Conference Information:
Accommodations at The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020
Banff, Alberta, Canada
T1L 1H5
tel: (403)762-6308
fax: (403)762-7502

Enjoying Banff
A great website answering all your questions and inspiring pleasurable activities is available at: www.banff.ca.

Explore it for winter activities (downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, sledding and toboganning, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow-shoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, ice diving (!), snowmobile tours) and adventures (back country ski and snowboard touring, helicopter and snowcat sking and snowboarding, waterfall ice climbing, heli-hiking, etc.)

Look at the Arts and Entertainment scene (dancing, live music at great pubs–Celtic, Maritime, piano bars, theatre and dance, art galleries, movies and cinema).

Check out the museum and heritage sites.

Explore the great opportunities for cuisine, spas, sightseeing, and shopping.

Lots of great family activities are detailed.


*** Note: Thanks to Tom Dempsey for permitting the use of his picture of Herbert Lake for the website. To check out more of his fabulous photography, go to http://www.photoseek.com

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