According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum condition (ASC). In addition, more and more people are being diagnosed with ASC in adulthood. Despite this, autism is poorly understood and can be difficult to diagnose. In addition, ASC affects people in many different ways. Over the next year, Dr Elizabeth Milne at The University of Sheffield in the UK, will be running a series of public events and two research projects aimed at developing a greater understanding of the experience of having an ASC. The project will run for a year between October 2016 and October 2017 and is part of a Mid-Career Fellowship provided by the British Academy.
The work carried out will generate new information via the research projects, and will encourage information exchange and discussion between people with a range of backgrounds, including adults with ASC, parents of children with ASC, clinicians, academics and the general public.
Dr Milne has worked at The University of Sheffield for over ten years, and set up the Sheffield Autism Research Lab in 2010. She launched the "Distinguished Speakers in Autism Series" in 2014, and is involved in a number of research projects with collaborators around the world. Prior to coming to Sheffield Dr Mine worked at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, USA), the Institute of Child Health (London, UK) and, in 2008, spent a year as a visiting researcher at the Swartz Center for Compuational Neuroscience (UCSD, USA). She completed her PhD in autism at University College London, and her undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. Dr Milne's principle research interests are understanding sensory issues in autism spectrum conditions, and developing greater insights into neural and phenotypic variability in autism. During the project, Dr Milne will be assisted by Ms Rosie Gomez, who graduated from Sheffield University last year.