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April 2014

Oldie but goodie?
Martin Richards, John Davis and Cliff Roberton's edited book, "Parent-Baby Attachment in Premature Infants" which was first published in 1983 is to be re-issued as part of the Routledge - Psychology Press new Psychology Revivals Programme. This aims to return distinguished, but currently out of print, psychology books back into print.

March 2014

Dr Vasanti Jadva and Susan Imrie gave talks at the Families through Surrogacy conference in Winsdor.

This October an exciting new three-year international study will begin at the Centre for Family Research. The ‘New Families’ study will examine infant development and parent-child interactions across the first two years of life, with funding from an internationally competitive Open Research Area grant from the ESRC, NIH and NWO (Value).  This collaborative study draws on the expertise of Professor Clancy Blair (New York University) and Professor Judi Mesman (Leiden University). Professor Claire Hughes, Dr Rory Devine, Dr Rosie Ensor and Ms Sarah Foley will lead the UK arm of the study. 

To learn more about the study please click here.  

February 2014

Professor Susan Golombok is speaking on 'The Changing Dynamics of the Family' on 27th February in New York at an event hosted by Cornerstone Capital Group, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Coda leadership and CBST.

The Centre's study of adoptive gay father families was rated 'Outstanding' by the ESRC.

Dr Nothando Ngwenya awarded first prize for the SBN poster at the 12th Annual BTOG Conference 2014.  Poster: 'Sharing bad news understanding the communication processes of a lung cancer diagnosis'.

Sophie Zadeh has now been officially elected to a highly competitive Junior Research Fellowship at Corpus - very well deserved and very well done!!!

January 2014

Dr Lucy Blake gave a presentation entitled 'We're just a normal family, like any other: Family Relationships and Child Development in Families created using ARTs' at the Nordic Fertility Society Conference in Haugesund, Norway.

November 2013

Earlier this month, 10 members of the Centre travelled to Chile to participate in events relating to the changing family. We visited Fines Terre University where Susan Golombok gave a lecture on single-mother families; Universidad Diego Portales where Susan Golombok and Martin Richards gave lectures at a symposium on Bioethics, Assisted Reproduction and the Family, and Lucy Blake, Sophie Zadeh, John Appleby, Susan Imrie, Susanna Graham, Helen Statham, Tabitha Freeman and Vasanti Jadva gave presentations on their research as part of an International Workshop on Medically Assisted Reproduction and the Family; and the 3rd International Conference on Adoption where Susan Golombok spoke about the outcomes for children in new family forms. We are very grateful to our hosts for the stimulating exchange of ideas and for their generous hospitality. We shall have fond memories of this trip for a very long time.

October 2013
 
Judith Ennew (1944-2013)
 
Judith Ennew died peacefully at her home in Malaysia on the 4th October 2013. Judith, a social anthropologist, was a senior research associate at the Centre over many years. As an activist and researcher she worked tirelessly for children's rights, specialising on issues concerning working children, street children and child sexual exploitation over several continents. She was a moving spirit for the Childwatch International Research Network of institutions that collaborate in research for the purpose of children's rights and improving children's well-being. In recent years she has lived and worked in Malaysia, heading Knowing Children, a project which aimed to improve information worldwide for designing policies and programmes for children.
 
Dr Lucy Blake (panelist): 'Speaking to your children about surrogacy and gay parenting' at The 9th Annual New York Men Having Babies Surrogacy Seminar & Gay Parenting Expo.
  
September 2013
 

Congratulations to Professor Claire Hughes for winning the 2013 British Psychological Society Book Prize - Academic Monograph:

Social Understanding and Social Lives: From Toddlerhood through to the Transition to School’.

British Psychological Society 2013 Book Awards

 
Professor Susan Golombok gave a presentation entitled 'Three parent babies: Children born through mitochondrial DNA transfer' at the British Science Festival, Newcastle.
 
Sophie Zadeh spoke at the Alternative Parenting Show, London.
 
June 2013
 
Dr Tabitha Freeman spoke at the Cheltenham Science Festival.
 
Professor Susan Golombok gave a talk at the 'Want to be a parent show', Cardiff.
 
March 2013

Dr Lucy Blake was interviewed for a radio documentary about families headed by gay and lesbian parents ('Don't Say Gay') which was broadcast on Cam FM.

February 2013
 
Dr Tabitha Freeman gave a talk at an event organised by the Progress Educational Trust, held at University College London.
 
January 2013

Professor Martin Richards was appointed to chair a Working Party at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics on 'Collecting, linking, use and exploitation of biological and health data: ethical issues'. The Working Party aims to produce its report by late 2014. Professor Richards is also a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics for the duration of the Working Party.