Looking Forward Looking Back: The Janus View of Autism


From the Research Autism Lorna Wing series of conferences and seminars

Dates: Wednesday 25 - Thursday 26 November 2015

Venue: Prince Philip House, London  SW1Y 5DG



Sponsored by:Autism Care UK logoSt Andrew's Healthcare

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About this conference

Dr Lorna WingResearch Autism founding trustee Dr Lorna Wing sadly died last year. She was a pioneer in autism research and will have a long-lasting legacy. It was her belief that in looking forward we should also look back to understand the essence of autism and avoid repeating past errors. It is interesting how many of the current ideas about autism were first voiced by Lorna. This conference, will be both a tribute to Lorna and a forward look at what the next decade is likely to hold. It will include an overview of Lorna Wing's contribution to the field provided by her colleague Dr Judith Gould.

Who should attend: commissioning teams, health, social care, and education professionals, parents/carers, and people on the autism spectrum. Join our largest conference to date!

**If you missed the four pre-conference online Q&As with speakers Dr Peter Vermeulen, Professor Thomas Bourgeron, Professor Francesca Happe, and Kabie Brook, you can read the transcripts here.**

Chaired by:

  • Richard Mills, Research Director, Research Autism and member of the NICE Guideline Development Group on autism in adults
  • Dr Jeremy Parr, Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and Paediatric Neurodisability academic, Member of Executive Committee of British Academy of Childhood Disability [day one only]
  • Dr Juli Crocombe, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Autism, St Andrew's Healthcare [day two only]

Special Guest Speakers:

  • Rt Hon John Bercow MP [day one]
  • Baroness Angela Browning [day two]

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Judith Gould, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NAS Lorna Wing Centre for Autism
  • Prof Francesca Happe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Director of the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London
  • Prof Chris Gillberg, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Prof Martin Knapp, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Prof Declan Murphy, Professor of Psychiatry and Brain Maturation at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London
  • Dr Peter Vermeulen, Co-Director of Autisme Centraal, a training and education centre for people with autism in Belgium
  • Kabie Brook, Chair of ARGH (Autism Rights Group Highlands)
  • Prof Digby Tantam, Clinical  Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Sheffield, where he is Director of the Centre for the Study of Conflict and Reconciliation
  • Prof Thomas Bourgeron, Director of the Human Genetics and Cognitive Functions Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris

Seminar speakers include Damian Milton, Cos Michael, Dr Jacqui Ashton Smith, Dr Stephen Tyler, and Hugh Constant.

Attendees will be presented with research findings; gain insight through sharing of personal experiences, and be given the opportunity to put their questions forward to the experts. Read what conference attendees say, and reasons to attend, here.

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Professionals and paid carers:

  • Two days: £295 [or £270 to Friends of Research Autism*]
  • One day: £195 [or £175 to Friends of Research Autism]

People on the autism spectrum, parents and carers:

  • Two days: £170 [or £150 to Friends of Research Autism*]
  • One day: £95 [or £85 to Friends of Research Autism*]

*Friends of Research Autism is a membership/subscription service with additional benefits. Read more here.

Booking Form (Word document) Book online | Email events@researchautism.net

To find out about exhibiting opportunities please contact Anoushka on 020 3490 3091or events@researchautism.net


Prince Philip HousePrince Philip House is an historic Grade I listed building, overlooking The Mall and St James's Park and a short walk from Trafalgar Square, in the heart of central London.

The venue is an approximate 10 minute walk from Piccadilly, Charing Cross, and Green Park stations, and is a fully accessible building. We will provide a quiet room.

Autism Care UK

Autism Care UK is a leading provider of person centred, evidence based support to adults with complex autism and associated needs.

You can find out more by visiting the Autism Care UK website

St Andrew's Healthcare

St Andrew's Healthcare is the UK's largest charitable provider of specialist mental healthcare. Their ASD pathway provides highly specialist forensic services as an alternative to prison and is focused on developing an in-depth understanding of why someone has offended.

You can find out more by visiting the St Andrew's Healthcare website

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