The Development of Social, Attention, and Perception Abilities in Typical and At-risk Infants

Lead Research Organisation: Birkbeck College
Department Name: Psychological Sciences

Abstract

Diagnosis of developmental disorders such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rarely occurs prior to 3 years. Thus, there is very little known about the emergence of these disorders during infancy. It is important to identify the earliest symptoms of these conditions for three reasons: (1) as it allows us to see symptoms in their original "pure" form before a child's difficulties becomes compounded by years of atypical development, (2) it enables us to discover early risk signs suggesting the infant's development needs close monitoring, and (3) it allows us to potentially intervene in the course of development before the onset of the full syndrome - a strategy that some believe may be more effective than waiting until a disorder is fully established. This grant addresses these issues in three parts.

In the first Part (A) we will expand on our current studies of infants at-risk for a later diagnosis of autism to also include infants at-risk for ADHD (by virtue of being the younger brother or sister of an older child already diagnosed with ADHD). We will compare the development of brain and cognitive functions in typical (low-risk) infants, and those at-risk for autism and ADHD, using a variety of baby-friendly methods such as MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) while in natural sleep, EEG (electroencephalography), eye-tracking, and parent-infant interaction. We have chosen to compare autism and ADHD risk for several reasons. One of these is to determine how specific the early warning signs are for particular later outcomes. Another reason is that we know that there is some shared genetic risk between these disorders, and that they quite commonly co-occur in the same children. Part A is embedded within national and international collaborative networks in order to increase the number of babies studied on some key measures, and correspondingly increase our ability to detect effects.

While in Part A we search for the earliest appearing markers and symptoms, in Part B we will initiate work on potential early interventions. Specifically, we will build on our recent study on improving attention skills in typical (low-risk) infants by engaging them in eye-tracker controlled "games" in which they track moving objects on a screen. We will extend this work in several ways to make the training programme more suitable as a potential intervention for infants at-risk for ADHD, e.g. by greatly extending the period of training, and by taking advantage of new technology to allow for some training sessions to take place in the infant's home.

In Part C we plan a new line of basic research that can also be extended to infants at-risk in the future. While we know much about the early development of vision and auditory processing, very little research has been done on the sense of touch. Touch is important to study for many reasons, including that it is a primary mode of sensory interaction with parents. We will use several imaging methods to learn about the development of brain regions important for basic aspects of touch, social touch, and the infants emerging multi-sensory perception of its own body.

Technical Summary

Diagnosis of developmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD rarely occurs prior to 3 years, resulting in little being known about the emergence of these disorders during infancy. In Part A of the grant we will expand our existing study of infant siblings at familial risk for ASD to also include infants at familial risk for ADHD/attention difficulties. We will compare the development of social and attention abilities using several baby-friendly neuroimaging methods (sMRI, fMRI, NIRS, EEG, ERP), eye-tracking and touch screen tasks, parent-infant interaction, and questionnaire and clinical assessments. By studying infants at-risk for ASD and ADHD on the same measures at 4, 8-10, 14-16, 24 and 36 months we can determine how specific early markers are for particular later outcomes, and address issues about the early development of co-morbidity. Part A is embedded within collaborative national and international networks that will increase sample size and power for key measures. In Part B we will initiate work on potential early interventions by building on our recent study demonstrating improved attention skills in low-risk infants following training on gaze-contingent attention "games". We will extend this training study in several ways to make it more applicable to groups of infants at-risk, including increasing the training period and following up the effects of training more frequently. While we know much about the early development of vision and auditory processing, comparatively little research has been done on tactile perception. This is important to study, as it is a primary mode of interaction with parents. In Part C we will use several imaging methods to develop new paradigms for tracking the neurodevelopment of basic tactile perception, social touch, and the emerging multi-sensory perception of the infant's own body.

Planned Impact

We envisage several groups of non-academic beneficiaries for our research; (i) the families of children at-risk for developmental disorders, (ii) parents with a general interest in child development, (iii) policy-makers within government interested in investment in early child development and intervention, (iv) professionals, managers and commissioners in NHS, responsible for the care of individuals with autism/ADHD and their families, and (v) commercial enterprises interested in new software and hardware development to aid attention and learning early in life, and in the development of treatments for autism and ADHD.

Autism and ADHD are lifelong neurodevelopmental disorders that in many cases bring considerable burden and cost to the individual, their family and society. About 1% of children are on the autism spectrum and the prevalence for ADHD is estimated at 5%. Recent estimates of the UK annual societal cost of ASD exceed £27 billion. Total ADHD annual cost in the US has been put at between $143 and $266 billion. Recent financial analyses show that even high cost early intervention has the potential for large lifetime cost savings. The study of at-risk infant siblings remains an important and powerful approach in uncovering the early signs of autism and ADHD through identifying neuropsychological and neurophysiological hallmarks in infancy. This knowledge is important for early detection, improving diagnostic strategies, and providing the basis for early interventions aimed at improving the quality of life of those who are affected.

In Part B of the grant we will develop work on infant-directed early intervention through the use of gaze-contingent eye-tracking. Although the appeal of brain enhancement entertainment products is widespread (e.g. US consumers are reported to have spent $1.6 billion on technology based learning products) the market is currently served by very few (if any) initiatives that are scientifically tested. Furthermore there is a gap n the market for entertaining interactive computerised products that are aimed solely at cognitive enhancement of babies. According to the national statistics for live births, in the UK the total potential market is ~765,000 per year in England, Wales and Scotland. The first year of life is a critical period of rapid neural and cognitive development which lays the foundation for cognitive abilities and educational performance in later life. Targeted cognitive training during infancy has the potential to capitalise on neural plasticity and have the maximum impact on cognitive function such as attentional control.

We will continue to seek opportunities to influence government policy in the area of child development. These opportunities include (1) invitations to attend formal and informal events at the Houses of Parliament, some through our charity collaborators (project partner, Autistica), (2) invitations to contribute to specific policy groups (e.g. Johnson was consultant on the Byron Report), and (3) opportunities for secondments for team members (e.g. research fellow Gliga had a 3-month secondment to the Houses of Parliament).

Publications

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Anzures G (2016) Enhanced ERPs to visual stimuli in unaffected male siblings of ASD children. in Child neuropsychology : a journal on normal and abnormal development in childhood and adolescence

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Ballieux H (2016) Applying gaze-contingent training within community settings to infants from diverse SES backgrounds in Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

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Bazelmans T (2019) Heart rate mean and variability as a biomarker for phenotypic variation in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder. in Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research

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Begus K (2016) Infants' preferences for native speakers are associated with an expectation of information. in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

 
Description Book Trust Review on Human, Cognitive and Behavioural Development
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Report for the Vatican Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Wellcome Trust workshop for funders
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Action Medical Research
Amount £195,418 (GBP)
Organisation Action Medical Research 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2015 
End 02/2018
 
Description Action Medical Research
Amount £199,987 (GBP)
Organisation Action Medical Research 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 02/2019
 
Description Attention control training for infants at risk of ADHD
Amount £497,454 (GBP)
Funding ID MQ14PP83 
Organisation MQ Transforming Mental Health 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 09/2018
 
Description Developing brain function-for-age curves using novel biomarkers of neurocognitive development from birth in Gambian and UK infants
Amount £1,051,623 (GGP)
Funding ID OPP1127625 
Organisation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 04/2015 
End 12/2019
 
Description Human neurocognitive development: Early-stage processing, modifiers, and outcomes
Amount £213,380,751 (GBP)
Funding ID MR/T003057/1 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2019 
End 11/2024
 
Description Leverhulme Small Research Grant
Amount £9,809 (GBP)
Funding ID SG140749 
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 02/2016
 
Description MQ Psy-IMPACT programme
Amount £497,454 (GBP)
Organisation MQ Transforming Mental Health 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 09/2018
 
Description Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ETN)
Amount € 3,888,945 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2018
 
Description Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks: INTERLEARN: Individualised Interventions in Learning: Bridging Advanced Learning Science and 21st Century Technology.
Amount € 1,342,368 (EUR)
Funding ID 721895 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 11/2016 
End 10/2020
 
Description Medical Research Council Global Health
Amount £232,406 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 02/2019
 
Description Novel Approaches to Early Detection and Treatment of ASD
Amount $2,086,742 (CAD)
Funding ID RES0027838 
Organisation Brain Canada Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Canada
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2019
 
Description Research Grant
Amount £698,245 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 05/2021
 
Description Research Grant
Amount £59,387 (GBP)
Organisation The Waterloo Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 10/2019
 
Description Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship
Amount £250,000 (GBP)
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2014 
End 04/2018
 
Description Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship: Establishing objective measures for identifying children with Autism Spectrum Disorders using eye-tracking technology in the UK and India.
Amount £250,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 204706/Z/16/Z 
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 04/2021
 
Title Functional brain imaging in infants 
Description We continued to improve several methods for the non-invasive measurement of brain function in babies, including advanced ERP and EEG methods and analyses, and (in collaboration - see G0300025) - optical imaging. 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We were the first lab in the UK (and 2nd in the world) to use the advanced ERP and EEG methods with babies. There are now at least 7 other labs in the UK alone using the same technology and methods. 
 
Title Optical imaging in babies 
Description The use of near-infrared spectroscopy to study brain function in babies 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2006 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact See the associated MRC Co-Operative Group Component Grant within this Co-op group. (PI: Clare Elwell ref: G0400120) 
URL http://www.cbcd.bbk.ac.uk/research/nirs-cbcd-headgear-plugin-1/nirs-cbcd-headgear-plugin
 
Description BRIGHT Project 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This BRIGHT project will compare brain development from birth between groups of infants growing up in rural Gambia and those growing up in the UK, providing information about the effects of malnutrition and other risk factors and where best to target assistance. Our expertise in infant brain development led to this collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution UCL Medical Physics are experts in NIRS technology used in the Bright project, and there are nutrianists on the team from MRC International Nutrition Group, MRC Unit, The Gambia.
Impact Data collection is ongoing. The Brain Imaging for Global HealTh (BRIGHT) Project is a collaborative project led by a team of researchers from University College London, Birkbeck University of London, the Medical Research Council Units in the Gambia and Cambridge, as well as Cambridge University Hospitals. The project is a longitudinal study from birth to 24 months of age, following 200 Gambian infants and 50 infants living in the UK. The aim of the project is to establish brain function-for-age curves of infants in both these settings, in order to gain an insight into the effects that malnutrition, social or environmental difficulties and increased risk of disease, as well as other issues related to living in a low-resource context, may have on infant development. 1 in every 4 children worldwide are undernourished before they reach the age of 5 (UNICEF, 2013), and 1 in every 2 children is thought to live in poverty (Currie & Almond, 2011). However, although there is a large amount of research that highlights the detrimental impact that these conditions have on infant development, not much is known about the neural basis of these consequences. The BRIGHT Project intends to shed some light into this research area by not only tracking development through behavioural assessments, anthropometrical measures and questionnaires, but also through the implementation of neuroimaging techniques such as Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) and Electroencephalography (EEG). In this way The BRIGHT Project is providing the first ever brain imaging of infants in Africa!
Start Year 2016
 
Description IMI EU-AIMS 
Organisation European Commission
Department Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
Country Belgium 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Lead Workpackage 4 for 'Eurosibs' team to collect common measures in infant siblings of children with autism
Collaborator Contribution To collect common measures in infant siblings of children with autism
Impact Project is underway and testing in 4 different European labs including ours has begun.
Start Year 2012
 
Title Attention training in babies 
Description We have developed cognitive training for babies during the first years of life. This is currently under discussion with MRC Technology. 
Type Preventative Intervention - Behavioural risk modification
Current Stage Of Development Initial development
Year Development Stage Completed 2011
Development Status Actively seeking support
Impact We have published a paper as a proof of concept. 
 
Title Autism biomarker protocol 
Description Biomarker protocol for stratification of autism. Includes eye tracker and ERP measures. Has received validation from the European Medicines Association. 
Type Diagnostic Tool - Imaging
Current Stage Of Development Initial development
Year Development Stage Completed 2016
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Impact Please see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26718285. 
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26718285
 
Title NIRS optical imaging in babies 
Description See the associated MRC Co-Operative Group Component Grant within this Co-op group. (PI: Clare Elwell ref: G0400120) 
Type Support Tool - For Fundamental Research
Current Stage Of Development Initial development
Year Development Stage Completed 2008
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Impact See the associated MRC Co-Operative Group Component Grant within this Co-op group. (PI: Clare Elwell ref: G0400120) 
URL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/medphys/research/borl/nirs/nirs/current_projects/funct_infant/probe_dev
 
Description BBC World News 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BBC World News interview to discuss autism research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description BASIS Annual Meeting Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In October 2018, Dr Amy Goodwin included an introduction to the InterSTAARS study in her talk at the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) Annual Scientific Meeting. Families who have children with autism and ADHD, and who have participated in the STAARS project (into which the InterSTAARS study is embedded), were invited to attend this event.
Talk Title: Attention and activity levels in infants with a first degree relative with ADHD
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description BASIS Annual Scientific Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Annual Meeting of BASIS and related scientists to showcase recent research.

This annual meeting has drawn interest from young scientists now interested in working in the field. It has also drawn interest from other national and international groups who now either run, or plan to run affiliated studies, and/or share data across groups.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017
URL http://www.basisnetwork.org/
 
Description BASIS Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Newsletter sent out to participants and families on BASIS (British Autism Study of Infant Siblings) database >400 families.

Used as a recruitment source and also given to funders, clinicians, and other interested parties.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2014
URL https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3708084/BASISnewsltr2011.pdf
 
Description BBC Horizon Living with Autism 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Horizon special showcased our research on 'high-risk' siblings of children with autism.

Increased public knowledge of our research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0404861
 
Description BBC London STAARS Study 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview of research staff was aired on Breakfast news and increased hit rate on website.

We had some requests for further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-27069591
 
Description BBC Radio 5 Live Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Unknown

Increased public knowledge of our research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04573vh.
 
Description BBC2; Babies: Their Wonderful World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Three part series on BBC2 "Babies: Their Wonderful World" featured research completed at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development in all episodes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bt7v16
 
Description Basis EXPO event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact A workshop on the use of eye-tracking in infant research for Parents and older children involved in the research at Birkbeck Babylab
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Birkbeck Collage Royal Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Demonstrating the Interstaars study as part of the research conducted by Birkbeck Babylab to Princess Anne during a visit to Birkbeck College
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Birkbeck One World Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Emily Jones presented the study while a research assistant demonstrated data collection techniques using an eye tracker and the audience participated. There was interesting question and answer period with open discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-world-festival-beauty-in-the-brain-tickets-49641299463#
 
Description Birkbeck Science Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Members of the public attended talks during science week which also had question and answer sessions.

This sparked interest from potential students in Birkbeck School of Science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
URL http://www.bbk.ac.uk/science/about-us/events/science-week
 
Description Birkbeck Science week event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Demonstrating the Interstaars study to staff and students attending a science week event at Birkbeck College
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Boy brain, girl brain? TRIGGER / BabyLab lunch-time seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar was on 7th December and students attended. Seminar abstract:

Many psychiatric disorders are more common either in boys (e.g. autism) or in girls (e.g. anxiety). Animal models of development and human studies have revealed early biological differences between sexes, present even before birth, which might explain differences in susceptibility to risk factors. Surprisingly, studies of typical infant cognition (like those carried out at the Babylab), rarely yield differences in performance between boys and girls. The study of atypical development may be a more fruitful avenue of research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.bbk.ac.uk/trigger/news/boy-brain-girl-brain-trigger-babylab-lunch-time-seminar-on-7-decem...
 
Description CAPA - The Global Education Network Lab Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Showing 17 students and two Professors from University of Pittsburgh around the Babylab explaining the different methodology used in the lab and demonstrating the Interstaars study
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Contributing author and Consultant, Watch my Baby Grow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contributing author and Consultant, Watch my Baby Grow (2015), Dorling Kindersley, 224 pages http://www.dk.com/uk/9781409368007-watch-my-baby-grow/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.dk.com/uk/9781409368007-watch-my-baby-grow/
 
Description Early Autism talk at Google 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Jones, E.J.H. (May, 2018). Early Autism. Google, London, UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Getting answers from babies about autism. Presentation to Neurodiversity workshop at Accenture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Jones, E.J.H. & Charman, T. (March, 2017). "Getting answers from babies about autism". Presentation to Neurodiversity workshop, Accenture, London, UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description International Society for Autism Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Wan, M.W., Garg, S., Kolesnik, A.M., Jones, E.J.H, Green, J., Johnson, M.H. & EDEN-BASIS team. Parent-infant interaction in infants with Neurofibromatosis Type 1. INSAR, Rotterdam, 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://insar.confex.com/insar/2018/webprogram/Paper27785.html
 
Description Into Univerisity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Pembroke House in SE London brought a group of 16-18 year olds to CBCD to spend a day hearing workshops on reserach, doing lab tour and Q&A regarding applying for and attending University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
URL http://intouniversity.org/
 
Description Lab visit by MP Chris Skidmore and Birkbeck Master 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Demonstrating the Interstaars study set up and protocol to Birkbeck's Master and MP, for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Chris Skidmore.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description London ADHD Research Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact London ADHD Research Forum held on 30th January 2018 at the University of East London (UeL). The London ADHD Research Forum aims to bring together ADHD researchers from universities across London and the UK, and it was a great opportunity to share our InterSTAARS study with experts in the field of ADHD.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Magazine Article in Pioneer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact PREDICTING AUTISM Pioneering study could help to predict autism in babies with a rare genetic disease
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Polka Theatre Collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Birkbeck Babylab collaborated with Polka Theatre to put on theatre show for parents and infants. Parents were also invited to participate in research at the theatre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Pregnancy and the Brain talk at Google 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Jones, E.J.H. (Feb, 2018). Pregnancy and the Brain. Google, London, UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at 5th EUNETHYDIS Interational Conference on ADHD in Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Amy Goodwin shared study progress with the 5th EUNETHYDIS International Conference on ADHD in Edinburgh in Sept 2018. Title: Attention control training for infants with a family history of ADHD
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://adhd-institute.com/meetings-events/congress-reports/day-4-5th-eunethydis-international-confe...
 
Description Presentation at the NF department at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital- October 2016 . 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Fifteen members of the NF service attended this meeting, including child neurologists, geneticists, NF specialist nurses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description School Visits 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Lab team members have given talks about science to local schools, classes range in size from 24-35, in primary and secondary schools.

The schools have asked for more talks, and have asked for older students to do 'work placements' in our Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015
 
Description Talk at J-EUNETHYDIS Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at J-EUNETHYDIS Conference (Edinburgh, UK), September 2018
Title: Behavioural and neural correlates of attention in infants at familial risk for ADHD
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk given at the Joint Global Neurofibromatosis Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 'Early development and autism risk in Neurofibromatosis Type 1' Talk given at the Joint Global Neurofibromatosis Conference; Paris November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.nf-paris2018.com/EventPortal/Information/EventInformation.aspx?EventInformationPageCode=W...
 
Description The Big Baby Experiment, Nature News Feature 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nature News Feature on the Birkbeck Babylab featured major discoveries from CBCD.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.nature.com/news/the-big-baby-experiment-1.18701
 
Description The Birkbeck One World Festival 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Project presentation during Birkbeck One World Festival
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UNESCO funded, Science Museum lates, Representing the women in science grant and Birkbeck babylab 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Demonstrating portable eye-tracking technology in the context of the Interstaars study protocol
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019