The 2021 SIDB Annual Research Retreat was a two-day programme of presentations, discussion and interactive dialogue, which took place on 30-31st August 2021 at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.
The event brought together around 150 guests (virtual and in-person), autism academics and PhD students to present some of their most recent work in the field of autism and to discuss future development and research plans. It also provided a valuable networking opportunity and set the stage for further collaboration between academics working in the field of autism.
The conference began with a welcome and opening remarks by our SIDB Directors (Professors Peter Kind and Adrian Bird), and continued with presentations from SIDB members on their current and most exciting findings. There were a total of 22 oral presentations and 37 poster presentations made across the two-days of the conference. The keynote presentation was given by Professor Ilan Davis - a Wellcome Investigator, Professor of Cell Biology at the Department of Biochemistry, and a Senior Research Fellow of Reuben College, at the University of Oxford. Conference participants were invited to attend a wine reception and conference social following the second day of conference proceedings at the Secret Herb Garden. Approximately 60 delegates attended the dinner which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Our guests included members from our funder, the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), international members of our External Advisory Board and colleagues from McGill University, Canada. All were complementary of the progress SIDB academics had made in their research since the 2020 meeting and the diverse, collaborative nature of SIDB as a Centre.
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