Society members appear on Radio 4

Professor Jan Burns from Canterbury Christ Church University, who is the Head of Eligibility for the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability, was interviewed by Claudia Hammond on BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind yesterday evening. The programme will be available on the programme's website for the next six days.

At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics ten members of the Spanish basketball team were stripped of their gold for pretending to have a learning disability. For the first time since that scandal athletes with learning disabilities can compete again in this year's games.

Professor Burns outlined the system used to assess the disabilities of athletes and the difficulties of doing so on a global basis when societies differ in their degree of development and attitudes to disability.

Last year the Society gave Professor Burns one of its public engagement grants to support her work in providing web-based and physical resources for elite athletes with learning disabilities. And Professor Burns and her team recently won a Podium Award for their work too.

Claudia Hammond, the presenter of All in the Mind, won the Society's 2012 Public Engagement and Media Award. You can watch a video of her Award Lecture from last month's Society Annual Conference.

Professor Barbara Sahakian from Cambridge University was the guest on The LIfe Scientific yesterday, talking about her work on neurotransmitters and neuropharmacology. Again, you can hear the programme on the BBC website for the next few days.

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