Currently, there is an intense debate on neurodevelopmental disorders; Should they be split or lumped? Are they disorders or neurodiversity? Are they different in males and females? to name but a few. The 2022 ACAMH Emmanuel Miller International Conference will be a unique opportunity to hear the latest research trends and their implications for clinical practice.
Confirmed speakers include; Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor Sue Fletcher-Watson, Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke, Professor Anita Thapar, Professor Jan Buitelaar, and a lived experience view from a young person’s perspective.
More details will follow about this two-day event, held online on Thursday 24 & Friday 25 March 2022.
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About the talks
Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke
The neurodiversity concept: What are the implications for research?
The neurodiversity movement challenges fundamental tenets of current scientific models of neuro-developmental disorders – in particular it rejects the notion that alterations in thought and behaviour associated with, for instance ADHD and or autism, are impairing, intrinsically in and of themselves – rather placing the responsibility for the negative experiences and outcomes on the unsympathetic environments in which neuro-atypical individuals have to operate.
In this talk I explore the potentially profound implications of this paradigmatic shift for research, both in terms of the radically different research questions which it motivates and the new methods and designs that these dictate – including a strong focus on the experiences of neuro-atypical individuals and the importance of their involvement as co-researchers.
I conclude that the neurodiversity perspective should be valued as a humanizing complement to current the scientific research paradigm, bringing new perspectives and generating new research questions, rather than as a replacement for it.
Key learning points:
- To understanding the concept of a scientific paradigm and its role in shaping research practice.
- To understand the difference between neurodiversity and neuro-disorder perspectives.
- To understand the implications of shifting to a neurodiversity perspective for research on neuro-atypical populations.
- To recognise the value of integrating the experiences and perspectives of young people with neuroatypicalities into scientific research endeavour.
Prices and booking
£99 – ACAMH Members
£139 – Non-Members
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About the speakers
Professor Edmund Sonuga Barke
Edmund Sonuga-Barke is currently Professor of Developmental Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience working in the School of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He is an Honorary Skou Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. His work integrates Developmental Psychopathology and Neuroscience perspectives employing basic developmental science approaches to study the pathogenesis of neuro-developmental and mental health conditions; their underlying genetic and environmental risks, mediating brain mechanisms and developmental outcomes. Motivated by his own childhood experience of growing up with learning difficulties he has a particular interest in ADHD and related disorders. In 2016, Prof Sonuga-Barke was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and 2018 a Fellow of the British Academy.
I am a clinician scientist. My primary interests are in child neurodevelopmental disorders and depression. I was Lead Editor (Joint) of the 6th Edition of Rutter’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-the leading textbook for clinicians and scientists.
I head the academic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section in the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences and the developmental disorders group within the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics and Division. I also have honorary NHS consultant contracts with Cwm Taf and Cardiff and Vale UHBs.
Simon Baron-Cohen is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge. He has published over 600 peer reviewed scientific articles, which have made contributions to many aspects of autism research, to typical cognitive sex differences, and synaesthesia research.
He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the American Psychological Association. He is Vice-President of the National Autistic Society, and was President of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR, 2017-19). He was Chair of the NICE Guideline Development Group for Autism (Adults) and was Chair of the Psychology Section of the British Academy. He is co-editor in chief of the journal Molecular Autism and is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator. He is the Principal Investigator of the Wellcome Trust funded award investigating the genetics of autism, in collaboration with the Sanger Centre. He serves as Scientific Advisor, Trustee or Patron to several autism charities including the Autism Research Trust, the Cambridge Autism Centre of Excellence, and to the company Auticon, which only employs autistic people. He has taken part in many television documentaries, including the BBC’s Horizon, and Employable Me.
Sue Fletcher-Watson is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre. She studied Psychology at the University of St Andrews, and then went on to a Masters and PhD at Durham University, where she was supervised by Professor Sue Leekam. Her PhD research explored the spontaneous social attention preferences of typically-developed adults and adolescents, and those with ASD, using a range of methods, including verbal descriptions, change blindness and eye-tracking. Since then she has worked under the mentorship of Professor Helen McConachie including a Nuffield Fellowship which funded the Click-East project. She became a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh based in the Patrick Wild Centre and in 2019 I moved into the role of Director of the Salvesen Mindroom Research Centre. She is a former trustee of Scottish Autism, and provides useful insights into research and accessible summaries of knotty academic issues in the DART blog. Bio via the University of Edinburgh.
Professor Jan Buitelaar is leading the research group on neuropsychiatric and developmental disorders, principal investigator at the Radboud University Medical Centre, and head of Karakter Child and Adolescent Psychiatry University Centre. His research is focused on ADHD, autism, and aggression and impulsivity related disorders. He applies an interdisciplinary approach that integrates clinical and phenotypic studies, neuroimaging, cognitive research, genetics, pharmacology and preclinical approaches. He received the research award of the Dutch Society for Psychiatry in 2011, and is main applicant of a large number of international and national awarded grants.