01.06.2013

Emily Jones (Birbeck): EU-AIMS researcher scoops prestigious prize for women in science


EU-AIMS researcher scoops prestigious prize for women in science
Emily Jones, a Birkbeck College researcher working on IMI’s autism project EU-AIMS has won a prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland For Women In Science (FWIS) Fellowship. Dr Jones is particularly interested in the early development of basic skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as this contributes to our understanding of the underlying causes of autism and could pinpoint targets for intervention. In EU-AIMS, Dr Jones coordinates a large cross-European study of infants at high familial risk for autism.
The FWIS award is worth GBP 15 000 (approx. EUR 17 500), and winners can spend it on whatever they need to further their career, including equipment, travel, and childcare costs. ‘The fellowship will allow me to buy crucial equipment that I require to investigate the link between attention and arousal in the development of autism,’ says Dr Jones. ‘Combining a research career with family responsibilities can be challenging, and the flexible support provided by the fellowship will help me achieve the right balance.’
Now in their seventh year, the FWIS awards were established with the goal of promoting the greater participation of women in science by offering awards to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers.