Renowned autism expert to speak at McGill


Simon Baron-Cohen, developmental psychopathologist, to deliver conference keynote

On May 25, McGill's Faculty of Education plays host to the Abe Gold Learning & Research Centre's 2010 Conference that will bring together 300 professionals, students and parents to learn and exchange information about Autism Spectrum Disorders and current autism research. Renowned autism authority Simon Baron-Cohen will present the conference keynote.

WHO: Simon Baron-Cohen, PhD, Professor of Developmental Psychopathogy and Director of Autism research Centre (ARC), University of Cambridge

WHAT: Dr. Baron-Cohen will deliver the keynote at the Abe Gold Learning & Research Centre's 2010 Conference sponsored by McGill University's Faculty of Education.  

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 2 - 6 p.m.

McGill University, Frank Dawson Adams Building, Adams Auditorium, 3450 University St.

Dr. Baron-Cohen keynote will focus on "Empathizing and Systemizing in Autism Spectrum Conditions" where he will define the context of systemizing and empathizing in relation to autism. He will later address "The Foetal Testosterone Theory of Autism," explaining how and why his research proves that autism affects males more often than females.

Dr. Baron-Cohen holds a degree in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, a PhD in Psychology from UCL, and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry. He is the Director of CLASS (Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service), a clinic for adults with suspected AS and is an Editor-in-Chief of the online open access journal Molecular Autism.

A prolific writer and editor, Dr. Baron-Cohen authored Mindblindness (MIT Press, 1995), The Essential Difference: Men, Women and the Extreme Male Brain (Penguin UK/Basic Books, 2003), and Prenatal Testosterone in Mind (MIT Press, 2005) and has edited a number of scholarly anthologies. He has also written books for parents and teachers such as Autism: The Facts (OUP, 1993), Tourette Syndrome: The Facts (OUP, 1998), and Teaching children with autism to mind read (Wiley, 1998). He is author of the DVD-ROM Mind Reading: an interactive guide to emotions (Jessica Kingsley Ltd, 2003) that was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Off-Line Learning. His current research is testing the "extreme male brain" theory of autism at the neural, endocrine and genetic levels.

The Miriam Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation that supports rehabilitative, vocational and residential services for more than 600 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Montreal. Its Abe Gold Learning and Research Centre offers bilingual training members in the field of autism and developmental disabilities for professionals and family.

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