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MQ Mental Health Science Meeting Agenda 2018

Our Mental Health Science Meeting brings together researchers from across disciplines to explore cutting-edge new ways to understand, treat and prevent mental illness. 

Location: Frobisher Auditorium (4th floor), Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS


09:15 Registration and coffee

09:55 Welcome: Sophie Dix, MQ: Transforming Mental Health & Jeremy Hall, Cardiff University

10.00 Keynote 1: Michael Owen, Cardiff University – “Psychiatric genetics: implications for prevention and early intervention”
Chair: Jeremy Hall, Cardiff University 

10:45 Symposium 1: “Pathways to health and disease”
Chair: Irene Tracey, University of Oxford

10:45 Ileana Hanganu-Opatz, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf – “Prefrontal-hippocampal ontogeny in health and disease: a story of right communication”

11:15 Rebecca Elliott, University of Manchester – “Depression, neurocognition and childhood stress”

11:45 Sophia Frangou, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – “Disambiguating neuroimaging markers of risk and resilience in bipolar disorder”

12:15 Discussion

12:35 Lunch and networking

13:30 Symposium 2: “Development and support of the social self”
Chair: Felicity Callard, Birkbeck

13:30 Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, University College London – “Adolescence: a sensitive period of brain development?”

14:00 Adrian Falkov, Northshore Kidspace – “The Family Model (TFM) – a brief family focussed intervention for parents with mental health problems and their children”

14:30 Vladimir Carli, Karolinska Institute – “Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM): a school based mental health promotion programme”

15:00 Discussion 

15:20 Tea & Coffee 

15:45 Keynote 2: Judy Garber, Vanderbilt University – “Prevention of Depression in At-risk Youth: outcomes, moderators, and mediators”
Chair: Marcus Munafo, University of Bristol

16:30 NIHR i4i Mental Health Challenge Award launch
Introduction: Cynthia Joyce, MQ: Transforming Mental Health
Martin Hunt, NIHR & Lord O' Shaughnessy, Under Secretary of State for Health
The NIHR challenges research teams to develop the most innovative technologies to address mental health needs through a winner-takes-all funding competition.

17:00 Poster Session 

Friday, 2nd February

09:00 Registration and coffee 

09:25 Welcome: Sophie Dix, MQ: Transforming Mental Health

09:30 Symposium 3: “Mechanisms of vulnerability and treatment”
Chair: Andrew Welchman, Wellcome Trust

09:30 Paul Lucassen, University of Amsterdam – “Effects of early life stress and nutrition on later brain plasticity and disease vulnerability”

10:00 Thalia Eley, King’s College London – “Using genetics to improve our understanding of what treatments work for whom, and why”

10:30 Ian Maze, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – “Potential contributions of histone serotonylation to major depressive disorder and antidepressant actions”

11:00 Discussion

11:20 Tea & Coffee

11:40 Symposium 4: “The case and challenges for early intervention and prevention”
Chair: Steven Hollon, Vanderbilt University

11:40 Eamon McCrory, University College London – “How neuroscience is helping to motivate a preventative psychiatry approach to mental health: latent vulnerability and the impact of childhood maltreatment”

12:10 Paul Ramchandani, University of Cambridge – “What you lose on the swings: using randomised controlled trials to look at pathways to prevention”

12:40 Camillia Kong, University of Oxford – “The ethics of prevention and early intervention: some critical reflections”

13:10 Discussion

13:30 Announcements: Peter Jones, University of Cambridge 

13:35 Lunch and networking

14:30 Keynote 3: Celso Arango, Complutense University of Madrid – "Prevention in mental health, a train we should not miss. Not again.”
Chair: Guy Goodwin 

15:15 Panel Discussion
Chair: Simon Wessely, King’s College London
Introduction: Martin Knapp, London School of Economics and Political Science – “The economic impact of prevention”
Debate: Karina Chopra, Service user and Medical student, University of Aberdeen; Martin Knapp, London School of Economics and Political Science; Catherine Newsome, Department for Education; Ilina Singh, University of Oxford

“Is wellbeing missing the target?

The current trend for improving mental wellbeing has significant support from government, but is this focus all at the expense of targeted help for people with mental illness who need it most?”

16:15 Final words: Sophie Dix, MQ: Transforming Mental Health

16:30 Meeting close 

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