The Chitra Sethia Autism Centre will be based on the Fulbourn Hospital site, which is run by Cambridgeshire and
Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). The project has been made possible thanks to the Autism Research Trust (ART)
and the National Autistic Society (NAS) who received a grant from the N Sethia Foundation to redevelop the existing
building. The three organisations will work together to create a diagnosis centre (pictured right, under construction)
that will accept national referrals for adults, in conjunction with a post-diagnosis support centre for people with
autism and their families in Cambridgeshire. The centre will open in August 2013.
Population Genetics Technologies Ltd. and the University of Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre have begun a joint study
to identify sequence variants in two genes, both of which have been previously associated with Asperger Syndrome.
Presented as part of the TEDx day 'Beyond the genes: Identity, health, culture' held April 13th at Savoy Place, London
Foreword to Serbian translation of The Science of Evil
The following Foreword to ‘Zero Degrees of Empathy’ (‘The Science of Evil’) was invited by Dr Aleksandar Dimitrijevic, Department of
Psychology, Belgrade University, Serbia. I am grateful to him for his careful translation of my book from English into Serbian.
I sent him the Foreword by email on June 2nd 2012 and heard nothing more. Evidently, the publisher, Clio, decided not to include it
in my book – I assume because it refers to an uncomfortable period of Serbian history (1992-1995). Strangely, they put a Serbian
translation of my Foreword on their blog at
on the 24th April 2013.
Original Serbian foreword
The Transporters DVD teaches young children with autism to recognize emotions. Developed and evaluated by the ARC in collaboration with Culture Online, it has
just been translated into German by the University of Zurich.
The Erosion of Empathy: Video highlights on YouTube of Simon Baron-Cohen's presentation at TEDx, Houses of Parliament.
A video of the presentation, exploring the idea that autism is linked to minds that are wired for science.
Cambridge and Peterborough CLAHRC are developing Quick Referral Guides to help front line clinicians (GPs, Health Visitors, etc.,) in their decision about
whether to refer a patient for a specialist assessment relating to possible ASC.
More details here.
Applied research in autism in the CLAHRC CP
The NICE Guidelines covering screening and diagnosis of and interventions for adults with autism spectrum conditions were
announced on June 27th 2012. Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the ARC, chaired the Guideline Development Group, made up of GPs,
neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, parents, people with autism, educators, and charity
representatives, among others. They were supported by systematic reviewers and health economists. A summary of their
recommendations is published in this article in the British Medical Journal. One of their recommendations is for GPs and
other primary health workers to use the AQ-10 as a brief screener for adults suspected of autism, as an aid to deciding if
the person needs a full diagnostic assessment.
BMJ article ...
Download AQ-10 Test ...
NICE guideline ...