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Prof. Barbara Webb (Informatics) and colleagues have studied a colony of desert ants in Seville to see how the insects navigate when transporting different-sized pieces of food.
Bérengère Digard, a PhD student in CCBS, has been awarded the Barbara Northend Prize by the British Federation of Women Graduates Her research focuses on the sociocognitive and neurological effects of bilingualism in autistic and neurotypical adults. Bérengère wrote about her experience applying for the BFWG award in her team’s blog.
On Wednesday 28 June 2017, members of the University of Edinburgh's Stroke Research Group (SRG), both past and present, gathered to celebrate 30 years of stroke research in Edinburgh. There was an excellent turn out for the celebration, including Professor Emeritus Charles Warlow, and Peter Sandercock presented a nostalgic walk down memory lane before cutting the cake.
Professor Ian Deary and colleagues (Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology/ Psychology) have followed up more than 65,000 people who took part in The Scottish Mental Survey in 1947 at the age of 11, to examine the association between intelligence measured in childhood and leading causes of death in men and women over the life course.
On 13 July 2017, Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live about autism following an interview with David Mitchell (best selling author) about his autistic son. Sue, along with Tom Purser (Head of Campaigns at the National Autistic Society and parent to an autistic son) and parent callers, spoke about changing perceptions of autism.
The University of Edinburgh is joining with five other institutions to form the UK Dementia Research Intitute (UK DRI), along with charity partners Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK.
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Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences), along with colleagues at the University of Oslo, has recently published an article in Psychiatry Research dissecting portrayals of autism on film and TV. They found that representations of autism on screen align unrealistically-perfectly with the diagnostic criteria, making portrayals of autism archetypal, but not representative. This may be contributing to narrow stereotypes about autism, which in turn is expected to impact on the day to day experiences of people on the autism spectrum.
Joshua Dacre, postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Integrative Physiology, was recently awarded joint first prize for his poster presentation in the graduate student category at the BNA2017 Festival of Neuroscience in Birmingham - congratulations Joshua!