Welcome To SARC1

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is a great honor to invite all of you to the 1st Saudi Autism Research Conference that is taking place from October 22-24, 2019 at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University Campus, Riyadh. I am truly honored and delighted to take this opportunity to welcome participants from all around the Kingdom and as well as in the Gulf and Arab countries to this conference. It gives me great pleasure to serve as the conference chair for this event.

SARC1 is the first research conference about autism organized by King Abdllah University Hospital. I am sure with the vast research experience that our speakers have, all of us would gain some new insights into the research and development perspectives and probably, bring some new ideas back to the practice.

Consistent with Vision 2030, SARC1 aspires to change the way we think and expand our knowledge in scientific research, which enhances the quality of services in Saudi Arabia. By sharing knowledge and acknowledging the research done by others, this conference offers us the opportunity to exchange innovative scientific ideas and inspire new research. This would be an ideal venue for academicians, researchers, students or even entrepreneurs to build new research networks and establish new contacts for future collaborations.

The conference will have a high-quality scientific program focusing mainly on the following area: Autism clinical presentations, comorbidities, course of outcomes, etiology, genetics and other related research. I hope that you find browsing this website pleasant and that you find what meets your needs and expectations.


Dr.Saleh Alsalehi

Chairman of organizing committee


Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is very common leading to significant disability with recognized dysfunction in family systems and huge burdens on communities. American CDC estimated the 1 in every 68 child at the age of 8 year is at risk of being autistic. Although autism is very common in Saudi and the Arab gulf region, most of what is known about the disorder is based on western data.

Research is very weak and limited in our region,  and health and other professionals need to be motivated and encourage to start conducting and publishing research in all dimensions, this may be the only way that the world and our self’s acquire more knowledge about autism causation, presentations and potential therapies in GCC area.

SARC is going to be a venue to present research projects and discuss data and conclusions and open up more questions that need to be studied in further research. Also it will motivate professionals in the field to start research projects and presents them in the annual SARC.

The KAAUH will host this conference to provide one of the tools to improve health and other services needed for people with autism and their families, which on the long run will impact health funds and quality of care significantly.


3 days Conference, October 22-24, 2019


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Our Centers


King Abdullah University Hospital

The King Abdullah University Hospital (KAAUH) is located in the southern area of the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University Campus. It is a teaching hospital with a capacity of 300 beds. the hospital is distinguished by having three integrated centers in the following areas of specialization:

1. Women’s Health

2. Adolescent Health

3. Child Growth and Development.

KAAUH seeks to become a model for other university hospitals in the Kingdom and to be acknowledged as a regional reference of international standards in the field of women’s and adolescent health, and child growth and development.



King Salman center for disability research

King Salman’s Center for Disability Research was the brainchild of His Royal Highness, Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, who saw more than 20 years ago the pressing need to fight disability through scientific research that is aimed at understanding, preventing, and curing disability at its root.

The Center vision is to become a leader in the field of disability research with a global impact, also to implement its message of “science benefiting people” through preventing disability and improving quality of life for the disabled through scientific research. The Center seeks to perform its duties by committing to the following values:

  • Belief in seeking knowledge that benefits humankind.
  • Belief in team building and sharing of knowledge and capabilities.
  • Belief in a culture of credibility, professionalism, and humaneness.



The Centre for Autism Research Conference

The Centre for Autism Research (CFAR) at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) was established through a generous grant from SABIC in 2010, aiming to create a center of excellence in autism research, specialized in translating and adapting the latest evidence-based diagnostic and interventional methods. In addition, to carry out advanced research to gain an accurate and more in-depth understanding of the causes of autism to discover new methods for early detection in collaboration with various local, regional and international centers.

CFAR facility was originally donated by the late HRH Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may God have mercy on his soul, as a center for Hemodialysis. Then, the facility was graciously reassigned by HRH Prince Nawaf Bin Faisal to be used for CFAR.



Saudi Health Council

Saudi Health Council founded to improve Healthcare as well as reducing the rates of diseases, disability, and death. Furthermore, the Health Council coordinates between the healthcare and non-healthcare organizations for ensuring a distinguished level of health, which prevents duality and the loss of resources in addition to achieving justice in health service cover. These objectives are considered to be essential for any advanced health system. The vision & mission of this Strategy is represented in the following points:

  1. Reaching an outstanding level of health for citizens through health enhancement and reducing the rates of death, illness, and disability.
  2. Achieving the Health System goal that ensures the fair distribution of health services for all citizens in easy and secure ways.


Research Projects

Provide a venue to present research projects in the field of autism.

Autism Research

Build a research methodology, analysis, presentation and discussion forum to improve outcomes of national and regional autism research.

Creative & Professional

Encourage young researches to present and embrace more in scientific research


Health Sciences Research Center (HSRC)
King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh 13412
011 824 4768


Build a national and regional database for autism and related disorders.

Provide a venue to present research projects in the field of autism.
Build a research methodology, analysis, presentation and discussion forum to improve outcomes of national and regional autism research.
Encourage young researches to present and embrace more in scientific research.
Serve as venue for autism research community.
Build a national and regional database for autism and related disorders.

Contact Us

King Abd Allah University Hospital, organizing team for 1st Saudi Autism Research Conference Email: SARC@KAAUH.edu.sa  Twitter: @SARC_KAAUH   Phone: 011 8200000

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Topics Of SARC1:

  • Research about autism epidemiology.
  • Research in autism clinical presentations, comorbidities and course of outcomes.
  • Research in causation of autism and local contributing factors.
  • Research in autism therapies.
  • Research in adolescents and adult care.
  • Research in family mediated interventions.Research in impact on community and national resources.
  • Other related research.

Target participants:

  • Professionals engaged in academic or research autism activities.
  • Graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and others interested in autism.
  • Health care allied involved in autism care and service development.