Watch a lecture on autism over the net

An  Award Lecture on autism is to be broadcast live on the internet this month.

Professor Francesca Happé will be giving this year’s Rosalind Franklin Award Lecture at the Royal Society on Wednesday 26 October under the title ‘When will we understand autism spectrum disorders?’

She will present a cognitive neuroscience perspective on what might be some of the obstacles standing in the way of major breakthroughs in the science of autism. What we do know and what we need to know about individuals with autism spectrum disorders will be discussed.

At present it is agonising for a parent, troubling for a clinician and puzzling for a researcher when a young child seems oblivious to people, is fixated on spinning objects and shows no sign of communicating. An adult who finds their own inner states opaque, consistently misjudges social situations and is helpless in the face of any change from preferred routine is no less of a mystery.

Admission to the lecture is free and no ticket or advance booking is required – full details are on the Royal Society website. If you cannot attend on 26 October you can watch the lecture there live.
Francesca Happé is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Medical Research Council’s Social Genetic Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry. She is a previous winner of the British Psychological Society’s Spearman Medal and has also won the Daily Telegraph’s Young Science Writer award.

The Rosalind Franklin Award lecture is held to promote women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and is supported  by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.