Event: “Blue sky” meeting on collaborative autism research

20 January 2016

A “blue sky” meeting for researchers interested in engaging with the autism spectrum disorder community in BC is scheduled for Friday, January 29.

The meeting will introduce the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC), a proposed centre of excellence for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. The PAFC’s core purpose is to bring together resources for research, information, learning, assessment, treatment and support, and to build capacity to address the needs of individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder across BC.

Its leaders have a vision for the PAFC to be "informed by research and to inform research". Engagement with the BC research community is considered a key to making this happen. To support this goal, the blue sky meeting will explore opportunities for future collaboration. An asset map of resources for autism research in BC that was produced in 2015 will also be launched and highlights from the report will be presented.

The meeting will take place at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from 12 to 4:30 p.m. The session will include presentations, lunch, networking, and group discussions. 

A report summarizing the day’s findings will be produced. If you cannot attend but wish to receive follow-up information, please email partners@msfhr.org.




11:45 a.m.

Welcome, presentation and Q&A on a new resource for autism research in BC
Sergio Cocchia, Board Chair/President, Pacific Autism Family Centre

12:00 p.m.

Buffet lunch and networking


Launch presentation: An asset map of resources for autism research in BC
Gabe Kalmar, VP, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship, Genome BC


Lightning round
Rapid fire presentations by research community


Break and networking


Breakout group discussions
How can the research community and PAFC work together to advance autism research in BC?


Report back on group discussions


Closing remarks
Diane Finegood, President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research