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International conference to explore latest autism research

24th July 2008

The National Autistic Society (NAS), the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism, has announced the final programme details for its International Conference on 19-20 September 2008. Limited tickets for the event are still available at www.nas2008.org.uk

The conference will see plenary and workshop sessions featuring worldwide leaders in the field of autism research and practice sharing the very latest developments in their work. It is open to anyone with an interest in autism spectrum disorders.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge: The foetal androgen theory of neural sex differences and autism
  • Prof. Vilanayur Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California: The role of mirror neurons
  • Prof. Evdokia Anagnostou, Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York: Oxytocin and its effect on social cognition and repetitive behaviours
  • Dr. Stephen Shore, President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England, USA: Matching best practice to the needs of people with autism – a viewpoint from inside the spectrum
  • Prof. Rita Jordan, Autism Centre for Education and Research, University of Birmingham: The education of individuals with autism: lessons from research 
  • Sir Michael Rutter, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London: Historical perspectives – what have we learned from research?
  • Dr. Olga Bogdashina, President of the Autism Society, Ukraine and Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham University: The triad of perspectives on autism

In addition, a wide range of workshop sessions will allow delegates to explore topics including self injury, challenges for families, autism and ageing, gluten-free diets, sensory issues, bullying and sleep disorders.

The conference, this year sponsored by the Hesley Group, will take place at the Novotel London West Hotel. A special rate is available to NAS members. Tickets can be purchased for either day separately or for the whole event. Full registration includes all sessions on both days of the conference, morning and afternoon teas plus lunches, exhibition entry and the welcome reception on 18 September. For more information about conference registration, please visit the International Conference website at www.nas2008.org.uk or call +44 (0)870 143 6984.

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Article Information

Title: International conference to explore latest autism research
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 7666
Date Added: 24th Jul 2008

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