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Brain and Mind Centre: Autism Research Update

Have we found the genes for ASD? 
Professor Patrick Bolton, Professor in Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry, King’s College, London

What are the family impacts of autism genetics?
Emeritus Professor Patricia Howlin, Professor of Clinical Child Psychology, King’s College, London and Professor of Developmental Disorders, University of Sydney

Is there an autism epidemic?
Professor Stewart Einfeld, Senior Scientist, Brain and Mind Centre and Chair of Mental Health, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney

What do we know about brain changes in Autism?
Professor Maxwell Bennett, Professor of Neuroscience, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney

Friday 13 November 2015
9.00am – 12.30pm
This is a seminar that is intended for professionals.

Lecture Theatre
Level 5, Building F
Brain and Mind Centre
94 Mallett St, Camperdown

Price: No Charge

For further information, please contact Lauren Rice

Science in the holidays

It’s school holiday time in New South Wales, so take a look at some of the ongoing autism research projects taking place in Sydney.

Study of language and cognition in autism

Location: Macquarie University.
Looking for: 5- to 12-year-olds

Talking brains: A study of speech production in autism

Location: Macquarie University.
Looking for: 8- to 16-year-olds

Emotion regulation and empathy in children with autism

Location: Sydney University
Looking for: 5- to 9-year-olds

Speech development in children with an autism spectrum disorder

Location: Sydney University (or at home)
Looking for: 2- to 6-year-olds

If that isn’t enough, check out the Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) webpage for more opportunities to participate in research

Last call for participants: How do the brains of children with and without autism make sense of sounds?

Our brain imaging lab is about to close for a couple of months so we’re trying to test as many kids as possible in the next couple of weeks. 

We’re especially looking for typically developing (non-autistic) children aged 7 to 13 years to compare with the kids with autism who we’ve already tested. So please pass this message on to people you know who have kids in this age range.

We can test after school and at weekends.

Thanks for your help!


How do autistic kids’ brains make sense of sounds?

We’re looking for kids with autism as well as typically developing kids to take part in our research over the next few weeks.

In a recent study, we found that autistic kids had unusual brain responses to certain sounds. We’re now conducting a follow-up study to see how consistent these findings are across different kids – and whether they relate to everyday problems with sensitivity to sounds.

As in our original study, we are using a technique known as magnetoencephalography or MEG for short. MEG works by measuring the tiny magnetic signals produced by neurons in the brain. It will tell us which parts of the kids’ brains are responding, how quickly, and how sensitive they are to subtle changes in the sounds they are hearing.

It involves absolutely no physical risks. Kids get to go in a “space rocket”, watch a movie of their choice – and get paid!

If you’d like your child to take part, please ring Jon Brock (02 9850 6869) or email


Webinar on autism diagnosis and DSM-5 from the Olga Tennison Autism Centre

In October 2012, The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) held a successful forum on the Changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to a full house.

The fifth edition of the DSM to be published in 2013, introduces significant changes to current diagnostic definitions of Autism and related conditions.

Many people are wondering:

  • Will changes to the DSM mean some people’s condition will be missed?
  • Do these changes improve future diagnoses?
  • What are experts concerned about?

Due to popular demand we will be holding a free webinar on this same topic. The DSM-5 webinar is open to all interested people, including professionals and families.

Date and Time: Wednesday, 13th February, 10.00AM to 11.30.00AM