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Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar 2014 - Brain Science and Mental Health


Friday 14th March 2014


Department of Engineering Lecture Theatre & Trinity College


Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar at Department of Engineering on Friday 14th March 2014

Cambridge Neuroscience is delighted to announce the 26th Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar, 'Brain Science and Mental Health' hosted by the Department of Psychiatry, on Friday 14th March 2014, in the Department of Engineering Lecture Theatre on Trumpington Street Cambridge.

This year, the theme is the Neuroscience of Psychiatric disorders with sessions covering development, habitual behaviour and mental health in old age.

Poster exhibition at CNS 2014 on Friday 14th March 2014

There will be a poster exhibition held during the conference with generous prizes. Posters can cover any of the five themes of Cambridge Neuroscience

Please note that poster boards will be 1 metre (w) by 2 metres (h). The optimum size for posters is A0 portrait (i.e. 841mm (w) x 1189mm (h)). If your poster is already printed and does not fit these requirements, please contact Dervila Glynn.

Public Engagement Programme on Friday 14th March 2014

As part of this celebratory conference, we are delighted to be able to host the Cambridge Neuroscience Public Lecture that will be held in association with the Cambridge Science Festival.

Professor Michael Owen (Cardiff University) will deliver the public lecture on 'Genes, Brains and Psychiatry'. This lecture is free to attend and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Reception and Gala Conference Dinner at Trinity College on Thursday 13th March 2014

There will be a drinks reception and conference dinner at Trinity College on Thursday 13th March (places are limited so register soon). PLEASE NOTE THE DATE OF RECEPTION AND CONFERENCE DINNER.


Registration and Abstract submission will close promptly on Saturday 1st March 2014.



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Professor Mark Johnson

Department of Psychological Science,

Birkbeck, University of London

Typical and atypical developmental trajectories for the human “social brain” network

Professor Mark H. Johnson FBA is a Medical Research Council programme leader and Director of the Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development at Birkbeck, University of London.  He obtained his first degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, and his PhD in Zoology (with Gabriel Horn and Patrick Bateson) from Cambridge. Between two periods as a Research Scientist at the MRC Cognitive Development Unit, London (1985-89 and 1994-98), he was Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. He has published over 280 papers and 10 books on brain and cognitive development in human infants and other species. His laboratory currently focuses on typical, at-risk and atypical functional brain development in human infants and toddlers using a variety of different neuroimaging, cognitive, behavioural, genetic and computer modelling techniques. He established BASIS – a national network for studying infants at-risk for autism – in 2008, and focuses primarily on large-scale longitudinal studies of human development.


Professor Trevor Robbins

Department of Psychology, Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute

University of Cambridge

Impulsivity and compulsivity; From animal models to neuropsychiatric endophenotypes


Trevor Robbins is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge U.K. (since 2002). He directs the MRC-Wellcome Trust co-funded Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, which seeks to inter-relate basic and clinical research from behavioural and cognitive neuroscience to psychiatry and neurology. He is an ISI ‘most-cited’ neuroscientist, was awarded the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society’s inaugural Distinguished Achievement Award in 2001 and shared the IPSEN Foundation Prize in Neuronal Plasticity in 2005. He jointly received (with BJ Everitt) the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association in 2011. He is on the Advisory Editorial Board of Science and is a Managing Editor of Psychopharmacology. He researches the executive and cognitive functions of fronto-striatal systems with special interests in impulsive-compulsive disorders, including addiction. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005 and received the CBE in 2012 for services to medical research.


Professor Michael Owen

Cambridge Neuroscience Public Lecture in association with the Cambridge Science Festival

Institute of psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

Cardiff University

Genes, Brains and Psychiatry

18:00-19:00, March 14th 2014, Department of Engineering, Followed by drinks reception, FREE to attend


Professor Michael Owen is the Director of the Medical Research Council’s Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics and of the Cardiff University Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute as well as being Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences in Cardiff University’s School of Medicine. His research has focused on the genetics of major psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and depression. He has used a combination of molecular genetic approaches including genome-wide association, copy number variant analysis and new generation sequencing to identify the specific genetic variants that confer risk to psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. In recent years his group has identified novel genetic risk factors for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD. This has allowed him to study the impact of genetic risk factors across diagnostic boundaries and to influence contemporary attempts to re-define the boundaries of major mental disorders. His recent work on schizophrenia has identified shared genetic risk with other psychiatric disorders and points to the involvement of specific synaptic proteins in disease pathogenesis.  As well as continuing his work on psychiatric genetics, he is currently establishing research programmes aimed at translating recent genetic findings into a greater understanding of disease mechanisms and into the development of novel biomarkers to aid classification and diagnosis.

Professor Owen was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1997, the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1999 and the Learned Society of Wales in 2011. In 2011, he was awarded the Stromgren Medal for psychiatric research, in 2012 the Lieber Prize for schizophrenia research and in 2013 the William K Warren Distinguished Investigator Award for schizophrenia research. He has published over 600 scientific papers. In addition, he continues to work as a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry. He was President of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (2000-2005) and was a member of the council of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2001-2004).

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Programme at a Glance

Thursday March 13th 2014

Trinity College

19.00 – 19.45    Pre-dinner drinks

                            The Old Kitchen, Trinity College

19.45 – 22.30    Gala Conference Dinner (waiting list only)

The Old Kitchen, Trinity College


Friday March 14th 2014

The Department of Engineering Lecture Theatre

08.00 – 08.45    Refreshments, registration and poster set-up

08.45 – 09.00    Welcome from Professor Ed Bullmore, Department of Psychiatry

09.00 – 09.50    Plenary Lecture

                             Introduced by Professor Simon Baron Cohen

Professor Mark Johnson

Department of Psychological Science, Birkbeck, University of London

                              Typical and atypical developmental trajectories for the human “social brain” network

09.50 – 10.20    Refreshments

Session One       Developmental disorders

Chaired by          Professor Ian Goodyer

10.20 – 10.50     Professor Peter Jones, Department of Psychiatry

Psychoses, populations, stresses and diagnoses

10.50 – 11.20     Dr Michael Lombardo, Department of Psychiatry

Programming effects of fetal steroid hormones on developmental psychopathology

11.20 – 11.50     Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith Department of Genetics

                             Genomic imprinting and the regulation of adult neurogenesis

11.50 – 12.40    Plenary lecture,

Introduced by Professor Paul Fletcher

Sponsored by MedImmune

Professor Trevor Robbins, Department of Psychology

 Impulsivity and compulsivity; From animal models to neuropsychiatric endophenotypes

12.40 – 14.10    Lunch and poster session

Session Two      Addiction and compulsion

Chaired by         Professor Barry Everitt

14.10 – 14.40    Dr Valerie Voon, Department of Psychiatry

Compulsivity across disorders of addiction

14.40 – 15.10    Dr Karen Ersche, Department of Psychiatry

Drug Addiction Research: where it has come from and where it is going

15.10 – 15.40    Dr Tim Dalgleish, MRC Cognitive and Brain Sciences Unit

Training the emotional brain

15.40 – 16.10     Refreshments

Session Three    Later life disorders

Chaired by          Professor Angela Roberts

16.10 – 16.40     Professor Hugh Markus, Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Cerebral small vessel disease; using MRI to investigate pathogenesis and evaluate new therapies

16.40 – 17.10     Professor Barbara Sahakian, Department of Psychiatry

Translational Neuroscience: Early Detection and Improving Cognition in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

17.10 – 17.40     Dr James Rowe, Department of Clinical Neurosciences

 New approaches to treating impulsivity in Parkinson's disease

17.40 - 18.00      Closing Remarks by Professor Ed Bullmore

 (including presentation of poster prizes)

                              Arrival of public audience

18.00 – 19.00     The Cambridge Neuroscience Public Lecture in association with the Cambridge Science Festival

Sponsored by the Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Introduced by Professor Ed Bullmore

Professor Michael Owen

Cardiff University

Genes, Brains and Psychiatry

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March 13th: The drinks reception and gala conference dinner will take place in the Old Kitchen at Trinity College. For a map of Trinity College, please click here.

March 14th: The conference lectures, refreshments, poster and trade exhibition will take place in the Baker building of Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ. Please click on the following links for a map for and directions to the Department of Engineering.

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Please contact Dr Dervila Glynn for more information on the different sponsorship opportunities available.

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Based on attendance at last year’s Cambridge Neuroscience Seminar we anticipate over 400 Cambridge Neuroscientists coming from over 40 different Neuroscience related Departments and Institutions affiliated with the University of Cambridge. For further information regarding Cambridge Neuroscience, please visit our website:

Registration for this event is heavily subsidised and the evening public lecture is free of charge. As such, we are asking for sponsorship donations and offering exhibition space for suppliers to showcase their products to our research scientists.

We have some exciting sponsorship packages this year, including invitations to the gala conference dinner at Trinity College and increased contact time for sponsors with the conference delegates during the poster sessions. This could be an excellent opportunity for your company to communicate that it is making a significant investment in Neuroscience in Cambridge.

Please contact Dr Dervila Glynn for more information on the different sponsorship opportunities available.

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Please contact Dr Dervila Glynn for more information.

Accommodation and spending time in Cambridge

For everything you need to know about Cambridge including reserving accommodation for your stay in one of the Cambridge Colleges, please see the Conference Cambridge website. Here you will find details about transport, parking, guided tours and a ‘What’s on’ guide to help you plan your time while in Cambridge.

In addition, there are several city centre hotels and guesthouses in Cambridge, which offer a wide range of accommodation with something to suit every taste and budget. Please see the official website for visiting Cambridge and the surrounding area for more details.

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