BrainCanDo: Guest Lecture with Professor Heaton

Tuesday 28th June 2016

On Tuesday 17 May, as a part of our BrainCanDo Guest Lecture Series, we were delighted to welcome Professor Pamela Heaton to Queen Anne’s School.

Pamela Heaton is Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Goldsmiths University. She is internationally renowned for her research in the field of Autism; she has published extensively in this area and been invited to deliver lectures all over the world. It was a great pleasure to have the opportunity to welcome her to Queen Anne’s School.

Around 35 pupils, parents and members of staff gathered to hear Professor Heaton’s exploration of the skills and talents often observed in those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Professor Heaton began with a discussion of historical cases of savant syndrome (musical, mathematical and artistic) before then moving on to consider clinical diagnoses of autism today. She ended her talk with a presentation of her latest research findings highlighting some of the clinical and cognitive characteristics that are found in those individuals with ASD who develop very high level skills. The lecture concluded with a vibrant Q&A session and further discussion over canapés and Prosecco in Mrs Harrington’s study. All in all it was a fantastic evening and we look forward to more BrainCanDo events in the future!

Looking ahead, on Tuesday 14 June, we look forward to our BrainCanDo ‘Music is Instrumental’ Conference, taking place at BAFTA in London. Tickets are still available the conference, please click here to find out more and to book your tickets