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    Kat organised a research workshop with Prof Gaia Scerif hosted at St. Catherine’s College (University of Oxford) bringing together UK researchers interested in fragile X syndrome to share expertise, discuss current work and form future collaborations. There were a range of interesting sessions, including a talk by Prof Jonathan Herring on the law and practice of gaining consent from people with learning disabilities, quick fire updates on current research from UCL, University of Oxford, University of Surrey, University of Warwick and University of Edinburgh. We were also lucky enough to have a brilliant session with two young people who told us all about what it is like to have fragile X syndrome. Some family members and carers of those with fragile X syndrome joined us online and shared their ideas on how families and researchers can collaborate to shape future research.

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    The Institute of Healthcare Engineering (IHE) exists to improve lives through technology. From 3D-printing prosthetics limbs to developing AI that can spot cancer, our scientists are focused on making a real-world impact.

    On 12 and 17 May, a fast-paced lunch presentation occurred with scientists taking no more than 5 minutes to present their research (without PowerPoint screens!), with a bit of silliness delivered by comedian/scientist Dr Steve Cross.

    Our own David Ruttenberg presented his SensorAble Project, detailing how individuals with autistic diagnoses contend with sensory, attention and mental health (e.g., anxiety and fatigue) issues at school, work , and in social scenarios.

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    The DevDivLab is pleased to welcome Lina Erilli and Lucie Vigreux as our newest interns. We’re also very pleased to welcome Imogen Krell as a research assistant. All lab members are sad to say goodbye to Hannah Partington and Beth Jones, but wish them well in their new posts. Hannah is starting work as an assistant psychologist and Beth has left to pursue a PhD with Dr. Jo Moss, our collaborator at University of Surrey. Congratulations to Hannah and Beth!

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    Ishita spent a day at St Edmund’s College’s Careers Day event, giving a talk to sixth-form students and chatting with secondary students about psychology-related careers and careers in research in general. Students were very interested in about the A-level requirements to get on to an undergraduate Psychology programme and their prospects after an undergrad in Psychology, and had many questions about what a researcher actually does!

    A huge thanks to the teachers and students for organising the event and inviting the Ishita.

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    We’re delighted to announce that Ceci Qing Cai passed her operator exam at BUCNI Birkbeck – UCL Centre for NeuroImaging. Congratulations Ceci!

    A huge THANK YOU to Davide Bono – Ceci’s operator trainer! He is such a considerate and helpful person to work with, and Ceci went through an informative, thoughtful and joyful operator training with him!

    Ceci is now a qualified MRI scanner operator – ‘the Queen of Avanto’ (Davide, 2021)! She will continue the data collection for her last PhD project on Avanto 1.5T scanner with Ozzie, Claire, YG and Lucie.

    (Ceci & Davide by Yuxi Xiong – a talented participant in this project!)

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    Congratulations to David Ruttenberg for having been appointed a Fellow of the The Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), which is granted to individuals judged to have made outstanding achievements to social progress and development. Founded in 1754 by William Shipley as the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, it was granted a Royal Charter in 1847 and the right to use the term “Royal” in its name by King Edward VII in 1908. The RSA acronym is used more frequently than the full legal name (The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). David has already attended several workshops where he conveyed his passion for studying interventions for autistic individuals.

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    We are pleased to announce that over 700 people participated in our online study this summer!

    This is our first round of data collection online and has enabled us to collect data from many more people than in previous years. Thank you to all our masters students for helping us to make this happen and to everyone for participating!

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    Ruihan has been awarded a student bursary to attend the Summer University program of the Central European University (CEU) “Representing the world in the developing mind: From objects to context”. The program gathered different fields of experts, such as cognitive and neurodevelopmental psychology, in one place to talk about how the developing mind represent the world. From the development of executive function to Theory of Mind, studies have assumed that developing minds have a stable representation of objects, which they enumerate and track according to the perceptual input and maintain despite occlusion. During the program, it has also been discussed that the interaction between different factors contributing to object perception and memory, from theoretical and empirical perspectives. The the ultimate goal of the program is to advance the understanding of how infants form representations of their environment, and how these representations develop throughout childhood.

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    At the recommendation of Dr White, David was recently awarded a position as a Fellow in UCL’s Institute of Healthcare Engineering (IHE) Impact Scheme. The IHE aims to bring together leading researchers to develop digital and medical technologies that transform lives across the globe and is composed of PhDs, postdocs, and principal investigators. Over the next year, the cohort intends on accelerating the impact of their research beyond the university’s walls by engaging policymakers, media, public, patient and community groups.

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    Ruihan has been awarded a student bursary from the IMPRS NeuroCom and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL London to attend the 10th IMPRS NeuroCom Summer School, taking place from 5th-8th July 2021. During the event, she presented a poster entitled ‘Can mentalizing measures be unsusceptible to compensation?’. It was a great event, that enlightened and discussed key topics of Cognitive Neuroscience.