Autism spectrum disorders: transforming innovation into policy

Original KEYNOTE presentation and abstract by professor Joaquin Fuentes (Servicio de Psiquiatría Infantil y Adolescente, Policlínica Gipuzkoa, Donostia, San Sebastián, Spain) on autism spectrum disorders, held at the ESCAP 2013 Congress in Dublin, Sunday 7th July 2013.

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The presentation reviewed the latest research findings in autism spectrum disorders from epidemiological, etiological, clinical and prognostic viewpoints and will consider how they should inform current and future research, policies and practices in health, education, employment and social services in Europe.
Keywords: autism spectrum disorders.

Presentation
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Joaquin Fuentes

Portrait of Dr Joaquin Fuentes (Spain).Dr. Fuentes graduated in medicine and surgery at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. After taking a rotating internship at the Hospital of Gipuzkoa in his hometown, he took his psychiatry residence at the Albany Medical Center in New York, USA and completed a child psychiatry fellowship at the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, University of Pittsburgh, USA.
He is the Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry of Policlínica Gipuzkoa in Donostia / San Sebastián, and has significantly contributed over the last three decades to the development of GAUTENA, a community initiative supporting people with autism spectrum disorders in the province of Gipuzkoa, Basque Country of Spain, where he serves now as a Research Consultant.
He has been an advisor for Autism Europe and has served as the scientific coordinator of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Study Group of the (National) Institute of Health Carlos III of Spain. He chaired the 2013 International Meeting for Autism Research – IMFAR, in Donostia / San Sebastián.
Fuentes is currently one of the vice-presidents of IACAPAP (International Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions), an international member of the Programme Committee of the AACP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) and a member of the Steering Committee of the AACAP 2013-2015 Elected Presidential Initiative. He serves on different editorial boards in international journals on autism.