Reducing autism: “very promising” research outcomes expected at ESCAP 2017

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Tony Charman (King's College London)Professor Tony Charman (King’s College London) says he aims “to make differences between trajectories and try to divert children from a pathway where they would possibly go on to develop autism, to a more typical outcome”.At the ESCAP 2017 Congress, Charman hopes to present his “very promising” study on the effects of early intervention on reducing autism. 

Read the interview.


  • Abstract submission

  • Congress theme: Transition

  • Congress programme

  • Online submission now open


    The 17th international ESCAP Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, is currently accepting abstracts. This major event on child and adolescent psychiatry will take place at the Centre International de Conférences Genève – CICG, from 9 to 11 July 2017. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 December 2016.
    Submit your abstract online.

    ESCAP 2017 Congress 

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