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Autism Research Receives Prestigious International Award

Dr Sarah Cassidy, Developmental Disorders Theme Lead in the Centre for Research Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, has been awarded the 2015 Young Investigator Award by the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) for the paper:

Cassidy, S., Bradley, P., Robinson, J., Allison, C., McHugh, M., & Baron-Cohen, S. (2014). Suicidal ideation and suicide plans or attempts in adults with Asperger's syndrome attending a specialist diagnostic clinic: a clinical cohort study. The Lancet Psychiatry, 1(2), 142-147.​

This award recognises the best international clinical research paper published in 2014, by a rising star in the field of autism research. Sarah will collect her award at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in Salt Lake City, USA. IMFAR is the largest and most prestigious autism specific research conference in the world, and over 1,800 delegates attended last year's conference in Atlanta USA. Sarah said that "I am delighted that this research has been recognised internationally. This is very important for our new research group in PBA, and for the large number of people with autism who also experience mental health problems and suicidality. This is an important step for recognising that this is a global issue that as researchers we must address."

The International Association for Suicide Prevention has also invited Sarah to present her work at their June conference in Montreal, Canada. Sarah said she is especially excited about this because "it will provide an important opportunity to discuss the next steps in developing new innovative evidence based interventions for the large number of people with autism who also experience mental health problems and suicidality".