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Autism, Ethics and Society

University College London/Institute of Education
John Zachary Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
28 June 2010 9.30am-5.30pm

An event addressing the ethical, social and other implications of current scientific research into autism.

Topics addressed at this event will include:

  • the concerns of non-scientists about new scientific discoveries relating to autism;

  • how society responds to new scientific discoveries relating to autism;

  • how new scientific discoveries should inform public policy, especially in light of the Autism Act 2009 and Strategy for Adults with Autism in England;

  • how people with autism can be more directly involved in both the genesis of scientific research, and the shaping of its social implications.

Speakers at this event include BioNews Webmaster and Progress Educational Trust (PET) Communications Officer Sandy Starr, who will discuss the PET project Spectrum of Opinion: Genes, Autism and Psychological Spectrum Disorders at a session entitled 'The New Translational Genetics and Its Ethical Challenges'.

Attendance is free but advance booking is required. To register, contact Liz Pellicano at or on +44 (0)20 7331 5140.

Further details of this event are available on the University College London website.