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Annual VTCAR Autism Conference- SAVE THE DATE! OCTOBER 3, 2014

Keynote Speaker- Dr. Christopher Monk, University of Michigan

Dr. Monk did his graduate work at the Institute of Child Development within the University of Minnesota where he received a PhD in Child Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. From there, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program. In that position, he learned to use functional MRI to understand brain development in normally developing children and adolescents, as well as those with various forms of psychopathology. He joined the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology faculty in the fall of 2005 as an assistant professor. He is now a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, as well as an Associate Research Professor at the Center for Human Growth and Development and a member of the Neuroscience Program. The focus of Chris's research is on functional brain development in health and psychopathology, including autism. 

Call for Abstracts!

Abstract submission deadline: July 28th

Notification of acceptance: August 21st

Authors must designate whether they want their submission to be considered as an oral paper or poster presentation.  Presentations will last approximately 20 minutes and there will be a few minutes allocated at the end of each talk for questions from conference attendees. If an abstract is not accepted as an oral paper it will automatically be considered for a poster. Topics must align with one of the following core areas of VTCAR:

Core Areas:

  • Biomedical and Imaging
  • Technology
  • Education
  • Clinical Translational

We look forward to receiving your submissions and appreciate the important contribution these presentations will make to a high-quality conference and improved understanding of this important topic. We hope you will plan to join us at Virginia Tech this fall.  Please note, all presenters will be required to register and pay for the conference.  If you have not registered for the Conference by Friday, September 5, your abstract will be withdrawn.

Abstracts are limited to 500 words, and should include background, methods, results, and conclusion. Reference lists are not needed.  Submit your abstract before July 28, 2014 to with the subject line reading as follows: VTCAR Conference- Abstract Submission-[YOUR LAST NAME]. Please also clearly indicate the core area (noted above) for which the abstract is aligned.

VTCAR Scientific Speaker Series

VTCAR is organizing a scientific speaker series that invites current and interested affiliates to present current research that may be applicable to ASD. We are asking current and interested affiliates to contact Dr. Angela Scarpa ( and Dr. Antoinette Sabatino ( if you are interested.

We will be holding the Speaker Series once a month during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center (BRAAC) Cookbook NOW ON SALE!

Cookbooks are available at VTAC for a small $15 donation.  Contact us for more details!  There are some yummy recipes inside. 

BRAAC does amazing things for individuals affected by ASD and their families in the southwest Virginia region and beyond.  For more information on BRAAC, visit their website

The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) now providing professional training at businesses and organization

Does your business or group want to learn more about autism/ASD?

As part of VTAC's research mission, VTAC is able to provide lectures or training on ASD topics from early childhood to adulthood, such as early identification, evidence-based assessment and treatments, and transitions, etc.  If you are interested in hosting such a training at your workplace/group or would like more information, please email the VTAC coordinator at or call VTAC at 540-231-2053.

Contact Information

Address: 460 Turner Street, Clinical Science Suite (Suite 203), Blacksburg VA
Phone: 540-231-8747

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