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Agroup of scientists and nursing students came together on October18th,2016 to try and find innovative opportunities and methods ofaccelerating research on environmental factors and autism. Themeeting was held at the institute’s conference room from one in theafternoon to five in the evening. The summary gives the account ofthe meeting whose main aim was to share ideas and expertise on thetopic of autism, with significant emphasis on the steps that can betaken to hasten the research aiming at curbing the problems caused byautism and the role of the environment on the issue of autism.


Themeeting was purposed for the sharing of ideas and expertise on thematters concerning environmental factors and autism. Four mainagendas were raised in the meeting. The agendas included a discussionon the lessons gained from other disorders that are mediated by theenvironmental factors, the most important tools and approaches intoxicology and genomics, the cellular and molecular mechanisms, andexposure science and epidemiology.

Theleaders of the meeting controlled the way people shared their viewson different agendas. They managed the discussion to ensure thatthere was relevance and that the points brought forward wereevidence-based. The leaders made sure that the flow of the discussionsession was smooth and that any conflict arising from differences inopinions was solved by a call for more research into the matter.


Theteam was efficient in the generation of ideas concerning the agendasthat were raised. It is known that team dynamics can affect thegenerations of solutions for a problem being discussed in a meetingand that people may fail to reach a consensus due to differences inopinions. It was, however, evident from the meeting that differencesin opinions can be handled through the generation of evidence ondifferent facts or concepts raised as suggested by Odermattet al. (2016).

Theteam also generated agendas to be discussed on the sessions thatwould follow. One of the agendas was to focus on the progress mademaking research on environmental factors affecting autism moreaffordable, improved care for the autistic children, efficientmanagement methods for the autistic children, and the best practicesin ensuring that toxic substances do not affect an individual’sgenetic makeup. It came to the fore that most studies on geneticshave a shortage of exposure information (Grabrucker,2013).The genetic structure of autism is complex, and it is, therefore,hard to associate it with a single environmental factor unlesselaborate research is done, as suggested by (Murray, 2012).

AutismSpectrum Disorder has in the last twenty years been known to be anurgent public health crisis and that its prevalence has increased atthe rate of six hundred percent, as put by Amaral,Dawson, &amp Geschwind (2011).One of the reasons for this increase is the fact that research hasbecome complicated especially with the changing environmentalfactors, which could have an effect on the growing prevalence of thecondition. The meeting was productive in the promotion of innovationand excellence in the delivery of care. The points discussed weretargeting a health problem of which the participants were expected toshare evidence-based ideas on the matters that would be beneficial incontrolling or managing the condition of autism. The members werealso charged with creating recommendations for possible solutions tothe progress identified in the areas concerning autistic care.


Themeeting was useful in the generation of various perspectives on whatneeds to be done to enhance research on environmental factors andautism. The leaders of the meeting were helpful in ensuring that thediscussions generate meaning. It was also in the meeting that theagendas of the subsequent meeting were created.


Amaral,D., Dawson, G., &amp Geschwind, D. H. (2011). Autismspectrum disorders.New York: Oxford University Press.

Grabrucker,A. M. (2013). Environmental factors in autism.&nbspFrontiersin Psychiatry,&nbsp3,118.

Murray,S. (2012). Autism.New York: Routledge.

Odermatt,I., Rosenbaum, A., Olien, J. L., &amp Rogelberg, S. G. (2016). OnLeading Meetings: Linking Meeting Outcomes to Leadership Styles.Journalof Leadership &ampamp Organizational Studies.doi:10.1177/1548051816655992