Press Release – Two Day International Research Symposium Announced

RAResearch Autism is delighted to be launching its biggest conference to date, a two-day international research symposium featuring a number of world-renowned speakers.

Looking Forward Looking Back: The Janus View of Autism is the latest in the Lorna Wing Conference Series, and will be held on 25 and 26 November 2015 at the prestigious Prince Phillip House in London. The conference will seek to review progress in the field of autism, as well as pay homage to Lorna Wing, a founding trustee of Research Autism, who sadly died last year.

Lorna 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.

The conference will be of benefit to anyone wishing to further their learning in autism.

For media and bookings enquiries, please contact: Anoushka Pattenden on 020 3490 3091 or email

Conference Details

The conference will be co-chaired by Richard Mills, Research Director, Research Autism, and Dr Jeremy Parr, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University. Speakers will include:

  • Professor Francesca Happe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry
  • Professor Chris Gillberg, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Gothenburg
  • Professor Martin Knapp, Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics
  • Dr Peter Vermeulen, Co-Director of Autisme Centraale, Belgium
  • Professor Thomas Bourgeron, Director of the Human Genetics and Cognitive Functions Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris

Earlybird rates are available with a saving of 20%.

The late Dr Lorna Wing established and gave her name to the Research Autism conference series. Other conference topics have included stress; mental health and wellbeing; co-morbidities; and learning disabilities. Click here to read our Research Director Richard Mills’ tribute to Dr Lorna Wing.

The Research Autism conference series is very well received by professionals, parents/ carers, and individuals with autism. Feedback from recent conference attendees includes:

“I loved the conference today… I learned a lot.”

 “Thank you all for a brilliant conference – see you next time.”

“Loved all the speakers.”

“Everything very interesting – good diversity of programme.”

“Very informative day.”

“I will definitely take what I have learnt into my personal and professional life and development.

About Research Autism

Research Autism was founded in 2004, and is the only charity in the UK that is exclusively dedicated to gathering and disseminating information on research into the effectiveness of therapeutic, social, behavioural and other interventions. We commission research to plug key gaps in knowledge, and facilitate practical ways forward from research findings. Our vision is of a world where people with autism are no longer excluded, able to realise their full potential, and where they and their families are able to enjoy a good quality of life. We work with, and have the support of, a number of the world’s most eminent experts in autism. We also work closely with and involve the autism community in our work, and one of our key aims is to act as a bridge between the autism and research communities. The Lorna Wing conference series brings together parents, researchers, clinicians, educationalists and other to discuss significant issues identified by the autism community.