Parliamentary Secretary Mike Lake speaks at autism research conference
May 16, 2015 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Industry Canada
The Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, today joined world-leading researchers on autism spectrum disorders at the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah. He participated in a panel discussion and spoke about Canada's actions to support autism research.
Mr. Lake highlighted the Government of Canada's commitment to improving the quality of life of people living with autism and their families. The Government recently committed $2 million to support a working group tasked with the development of a Canadian Autism Partnership to address key issues such as information sharing and research, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and support for families. Mr. Lake also stressed the importance of supporting prestigious research talents like Dr. Stephen Scherer, who was identified as a Nobel Prize contender for his significant breakthrough on the causes of autism using genetic sequencing. Lastly, he highlighted the Government's support for partnerships and the sharing of research knowledge to gain a better understanding of autism.
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)