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Interview with Professor Uta Frith: research and autism

Uta Frith is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Visiting Professor at the University of Aarhus. Uta has been interested in autism since her PhD and has written Autism: Explaining the enigma and A very short introduction to autism.

Uta kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when she attended the NAS Professional Conference in Harrogate in March this year. We asked Uta a series of questions; you can view the full interview or clips of the individual question clips below. 

Full interview:

Individual question clips:

1. Can you tell us how you became interested in the field of autism?

2. You have been a great advocate of putting people with autism and parents at the centre of research and understanding, can you tell us why this is so important?

3. Your work in the field of autism has been vast and had a major impact, what would you say are the main points of progress that you have seen?

4. What do you feel still needs to happen to improve the lives of those with autism?

5. Recent reviews of autism research in the UK have suggested the need for change, for example research becoming more practical in its application – what are your views on the current autism research situation?

6. You’re trying to work with advancing women in science, what can be done to get more women involved?

Author: Uta Frith

Date added: 30 July 2015