A study of intervention outcomes in children with autism

This is a research project that you have the option to take part in if you have a child with autism aged 8-12 years old.

The research is being conducted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) in conjunction with the University of New South Wales, Aspect and Neuroscience Research Australia.

The aim of this study is to improve our understanding of autism and help us to determine which factors are associated with good outcomes for children on the spectrum. (more…)

Brain Sciences UNSW Colloquium: Social Cognition in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Prof Allan Reiss

Our interactions with other people are one of the most important aspects of day to day life. Our understanding of the neural underpinnings of social behaviors is increasing rapidly, along with recognition of how social function is impacted by developmental disorders such as Autism. However, disorders of social cognition can look very different between diagnoses and between individuals.

Prof Allan Reiss (Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research, Stanford University School of Medicine) will be comparing social behavior in two common genetic disorders, Fragile X and William’s Syndrome.

Dr Jon Brock (Macquarie University) will be discussing the complexity of impairments in social cognition in Autism, leading to significant heterogeneities between individuals despite sharing the same diagnosis.

When: Monday 17 March, 4 – 5 pm with refreshments afterwards (note this is a later date than has been previously advertised)

Where: Black Dog Institute Lecture Theatre, Hospital Road, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick

Presentation by Professor David Skuse

David Skuse (3)Professor David Skuse is Chair of Behavioural and Brain Sciences at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and Honorary Consultant in Developmental Neuropsychiatry at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK.

Title: Do brain hormones influence our social behaviour? If so, how – and why is it so important?

When: Friday 24th January 2014, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where: Black Dog Institute Lecture Theatre – google maps location 

For more information, please contact Janett Baker on 9616 4205 or email Janett.baker@sswahs.nsw.gov.au