Upcoming MacART Representation at INSAR 2018

Autism Care



“Future research needs to focus not only on the biological markers of autism but also include data about functioning, participation, and environmental barriers and facilitators.”

Dr. Olaf Kraus de Camargo  //  Developmental Pediatrician


MacART is laying the foundation for creating a systematic way of linking scientific research on autism at McMaster University to clinical practice at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

The physical proximity of McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, and McMaster University has a number of characteristics that provides the rare opportunity for collaborative research. Taking advantage of existing university and clinical infrastructure and cross-appointments for clinicians at the university, autism experts from these organizations are coming together to integrate autism research into clinical practice.

The focus of MacART members’ research is in the areas of basic science, clinical practice, clinical research, epidemiology and statistical modelling, knowledge translation and exchange, and social science research. By promoting the collaboration of stakeholders across disciplines, MacART is reducing barriers to implementing research in clinical practice, with the goal of advancing autism care through meaningful research.

Learn more about our research HERE.


MacART members are now supervising more than 50 research trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, and are engaged in the mentoring of junior and intermediate faculty members.

In the future, we intend to establish research and clinical training programs for students in McMaster’s undergraduate medical, health sciences, and psychology programs, and for residents and fellows in Pediatrics and Psychiatry.

By training and mentoring emerging researchers and practitioners, we will help to solidify their understanding of and commitment to using basic science to inform their clinical practice, and to use their clinical experience to help formulate research questions. It is our belief that involving these learners in MacART educational activities will promote their use of practices that advance autism care through meaningful research.


“Our scientists are working collaboratively with local clinicians to generate the evidence needed to improve autism services. This symposium is a great example of McMaster’s community engagement efforts.”

Dr. Patrick Deane // President & Vice-Chancellor // McMaster University


The community engagement component of MacART strives to work with stakeholders and involve them as partners in every step of the research process.  By doing so, the questions that drive research begin to change. They become more meaningful because they address the real day-to-day challenges faced by children and their families, and the clinicians supporting them.

MacART aims to increase participation and involvement of members of the McMaster and Hamilton communities in the research process. With community members driving the research, new and relevant knowledge can be produced to bridge the research-to-practice gap in autism and advance autism care through meaningful research.


“People whose lives are connected to the challenge of autism can share knowledge – from clinicians to educators to parents – and what an amazing opportunity that is. We have a real opportunity to translate challenges into research, and research into practice that will help families living with autism.”

Rob MacIsaac  //  President & CEO // Hamilton Health Sciences


Policies should be created using the best available evidence that make positive impacts on the lives of Autistic individuals, along with their families.

MacART’s founder, Stelios Georgiades, serves on both federal and provincial advisory committees about autism supports/service funding. Along with the wide-ranging expertise of its many autism experts, MacART is set to act as a highly credible source of evidence-based information to influence and inform public policy about the provision and funding of autism diagnosis, services, and family supports.

MacART will continue to find ways to collaborate with policymakers to both learn more about the policymaking process, and to contribute our expertise and knowledge to inform policymaking, in order to advance autism care through meaningful research.

The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is holding its annual scientific meeting in the Netherlands on May 9-12, 2018. This is the world’s oldest and largest autism research meeting, and we are honoured to have had numerous abstracts from MacART members be accepted!

Some acceptances featuring MacART members include the following:

Oral sessions:

  • Social determinants of prevalence of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A population level Study – including Ayesha Siddiqua, Eric Duku, and Magdalena Janus
  • Parsing the Heterogeneity of Multidimensional Adaptive Behavior Profiles over time in ASD – including Eric Duku, Peter Szatmari, Terry Bennett, and Stelios Georgiades
  • Examining the “Turning Points” in Trajectories of Symptom Severity in Children with Autism – Stelios Georgiades,  Eric Duku, Terry Bennett, and Peter Szatmari
  • Predicting attrition in a longitudinal study of children with autism spectrum disorder – including Eric Duku, Terry Bennett, Stelios Georgiades, and Peter Szatmari


Poster sessions:

  • Estimating Social Communication Functioning (ACSF:SC) From ADOS-2 Data: Development Of An Algorithm – including Stephen Gentles, Briano Di Rezze, Peter Rosenbaum, Eric Duku, and Stelios Georgiades
  • Predictors of longer-term language development in language delayed children with ASD – including Peter Szatmari
  • Gender differences in narrative language in 10-year-olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder – including Peter Szatmari, Stelios Georgiades, Terry Bennett, and Eric Duku
  • Psychometric properties of the Merrill-Palmer-Revised Scales of Development in Preschool-aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders – including Eric Duku, Peter Szatmari, Terry Bennett, and Stelios Georgiades
  • Child and Parental Correlates of Participation in Sports and Recreational Activities in School-aged Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – including Vivian Lee, Terry Bennett, Eric Duku, Stelios Georgiades, and Peter Szatmari
  • Temperament mediates the relationship between symptom severity and adaptive functioning in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder – including Vivian Lee, Eric Duku, Terry Bennett, Peter Szatmari, and Stelios Georgiades
  • Trajectories of maternal depressive symptoms following ASD diagnosis – including Peter Szatmari, Terry Bennett, Stelios Georgiades, and Eric Duku
  • Do Repetitive Behaviours and Restricted Interests Predict Later Cognitive Ability in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder? – including Terry Bennett, Eric Duku, Stelios Georgiades, and Peter Szatmari


This is just a sampling of some of our members’ work – check back after the meeting for a full list and links to the abstracts!