Summer and autumn schools

Upcoming Summer and Autumn Schools

MRC Summer School in Brain Disorders Research - 5-9 July 2021

The MRC's free annual Summer School in Brain Disorders Research is held at one of the world's leading centres on neuropsychiatric genetics and genomics.

This year's five-day course will take place online, run by the team who are usually based in the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University.

The aim of the summer school is to provide trainees and scientists with a grounding in brain disorders research and to inspire and inform the researchers of tomorrow.

The summer school includes talks on a range of topics in psychiatry, neurology and neuroscience including:

  • neuroimaging
  • psychiatric epidemiology
  • genetics and epigenetics
  • high-throughput sequencing
  • manipulation of stem cells
  • phenotypic assessments
  • ethics in genetic research.

The summer school also includes workshops on scientific careers and academic fellowships.

Deadline for applications is 4 June 2021.

Find out more and how to apply on their website.

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience Summer School - 8 July 2021

The IoPPN Summer School is a one day virtual event open to high-achieving, dedicated, and motivated medical students and foundation year doctors. Our aim is to promote psychiatry to those who are wondering about a career in psychiatry, but have yet to make up their minds.

There will be an exciting mixture of talks from leading figures to trainees. Throughout the day we will explore the wide field of Psychiatry, the journey through training and what makes it a great career choice. We'll keep everything as interactive as possible, expecting you to get involved with small group discussions as well as listening to our inspiring speakers.

Time: 09.00-17.00 with optional sessions 17.00-18.00
Cost: Free

The provisional timetable includes:

  • A talk from world famous psychiatrist Professor Sir Simon Wessely
  • Talks from psychiatrists working in different aspects of a person's life stage (perinatal psychiatry, child and adolescent, adult, and older adult psychiatry)
  • A debate on legalising cannabis or not
  • Speed-dating type session showcasing each of the subspecialities in psychiatry
  • and small group breakout rooms so you can ask questions to psychiatry trainees!

Optional Sessions:

  • A medicolegal perspective on psychiatry
  • An international medical graduate’s view of psychiatry training in the UK
  • A Q&A session with current psychiatry trainees 

Please complete the application form by midnight 24 June 2021. Given the nature of the day if you sign up we expect you to be present for the whole day and let us know if you are no longer able to attend.

We will be using zoom as a platform so you'll need internet connection and we'd like you to be able to use a camera.

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