The next meeting will take place on Thursday 21st June 2018, which will be hosted at Coventry University in collaboration with the University of Birmingham and Aston University. On Friday 22nd of June 2018 there will be a workshop. 


Time: Registration opens at 08:45

Keynote Speakers 

Dr Jacqui Rodgers (Newcastle University)

Jacqui Rodgers is a senior lecturer and autism researcher in the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University. She leads a programme of work which aims to advance the conceptualisation, assessment and treatment of mental health conditions in children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. She has a particular interest in anxiety in autism and with colleagues at Newcastle has developed the first ever anxiety questionnaire specifically designed for use with children with ASD, and is currently working on a version for adults. She is also involved in the development and evaluation of a range of anxiety intervention programmes for autistic children and adults. She is co-chair of both the anxiety and suicide special interest groups at the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research and has recently guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders on anxiety in ASD.


Dr Hana D’Souza (Birkbeck, University of London)

With her sights set on becoming a clinical child psychologist, Hana completed a Master’s degree with a focus on Clinical Psychology at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. However, during her studies she spent a year at the University of Toronto, where she fell in love with developmental research. Hana went on to obtain an MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford. She then completed a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, with Prof. Andrew Bremner and Prof. Annette Karmiloff-Smith, and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London.

Hana is interested in the development of attention and motor abilities, and how these interact over developmental time and constrain other domains in typically and atypically developing children. Her research focuses on infants and toddlers with neurodevelopmental disorders of known genetic origin, such as Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, and Williams syndrome.

As part of the London Down Syndrome (LonDownS) Consortium, Hana is currently investigating individual differences and interactions between various domains and levels of description across development in infants and toddlers with Down syndrome. The LonDownS Consortium is a multidisciplinary team of human geneticists, cellular biologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and mouse geneticists, whose aim is to understand the link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, and to identify protective and risk factors that could inform interventions.



Registration will open on 27th March 2018 and close on 30th May 2018 or when maximum delegates are reached.

As previous years, we aim to keep registration fees to a minimum: £40 for students and £50 for staff. This will include refreshments, lunch and a wine reception. There will be an optional social dinner in the evening for a maximum of 40 delegates, which will allocated on a first come, first served basis and will cost £25.00 per person. 


Workshop: 22th June 2018 

Impact and Engagement: Why it Matters in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research

To ensure effective delivery of neurodevelopmental research and to maximise its impact, it’s crucial that researchers engage effectively with diverse groups, including clinical populations, families and professionals. There is also an increasing focus on impact within academic institutions, driven in part by the Research Evaluation Framework. With this in mind, we have put together an exciting programme of speakers and activities to provide researchers with the opportunity to reflect on and develop their engagement and impact activities. This will include an interactive workshop on increasing your impact and engagement potential, information about impact within the REF framework and perspectives on engagement and impact from both a leading neurodevelopmental researcher and from a parent involved in research. 


Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm


Cost: £30.00 for students, £40.00 for staff. This will include refreshments and lunch.


Speakers include Vince O’Grady (Organisational Development Consultant, University of Birmingham), Ronni Littlewood (Research Planning Partner, University of Birmingham), Prof. Gaia Scerif (Oxford University), and Kate Sangar (parent of a child with Cornelia de Lange syndrome).


Further information about accommodation can be found here