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Tonight’s talks provide a fascinating insight into current work going on to help the autistic community from a developmental physiological-perspective, and how the process of 'brain building’ is influenced by the environment.
How brain development is influenced by the environment
Dr Robert Illingworth (Group Leader. MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh.)
Building a brain, the most compositionally and functionally complex human organ, requires the tightly coordinated expansion, specialisation and migration of neural cell types. We combine cutting edge molecular techniques in combination with mouse and cell based model systems to understand the role played by epigenetic modifiers during brain development.
The dynamic cognitive development: Recognising the autistic community
Dr. Bérengère Digard (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Understanding how the mind develops is complex, and it is “about time” to embrace this complexity. We will discuss how “simplified theories” of development have harmed non-neurotypical people, and how embracing the complexity of development will entirely change the way non-neurotypical people, especially autistic people, are understood and recognised.