Neuroscience events

How does the brain 'feel' emotions?

From where do creativity and imagination come?

Can we trace 'happiness' to cells and circuits?

Join us as globally-renowned thinkers explain all of this and much more in the first online Oxford NeuroCon: 'The Neuroscience of Emotions and Ideas'. The first UK event to explore the biological basis of emotions and ideas in the context of psychiatry, this free-to-attend online meeting brings together cutting-edge research and clinical expertise on 'The Neuroscience of:

  • Music with Professor Indre Viskontas, University of California San Francisco
  • Love with Professor Helen Fischer, Indiana University
  • Productivity with Professor Srini Pillay, NeuroBusiness Group
  • Emotion Formation with Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett, Northeastern University
  • Happiness with Dr Dean Burnett, Cardiff University
  • Beauty with Professor Nancy Etcoff, Harvard University
  • Creativity and Imagination with Dr Andrey Vyshedskiy, Boston University

The 1st Oxford NeuroCon is organised by the RCPsych Neuroscience Champions for Thames Valley, Dr Noura Al-Juffali and Dr Shah Faisal Ahmad Tarfarosh, supported by the RCPsych Gatsby/Wellcome Neuroscience Project.

Register now and be part of this landmark event!

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Most psychiatrists are not experts in neuroscience, yet as research unlocks the secrets of the brain a strong foundation in neuroscience has never been more important to the practising clinician.

The first event dedicated to further training in neuroscience for psychiatrists in Northeast England, this online seminar covers three fast-developing fields of research which are set to make an impact on mental health care: the biological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders, imaging techniques and investigative approaches to single-gene disorders.

  • Clinical Senior Lecturer Dr Marc Woodbury-Smith will present the latest developments in understanding 'The genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder'
  • MRC Clinician Scientist Dr David Cousins will unpick and explain the complexities and opportunities of 'Lithium imaging'
  • And Senior Clinical Research Fellow Dr Lindsay Mizen will be 'Demystifying the neuroscience techniques of single-gene disorders'

The 1st Northeast NeuroNet Neuroscience meeting is organised by the RCPsych Neuroscience Champions for Northeast England, Dr Soraia Sousa and Dr Sundar Gnanavel, supported by the RCPsych Gatsby/Wellcome Neuroscience Project.

Register now and be part of this landmark event!

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There has never been a more important time to focus on the underlying causes of mental health and illness in young people.

The first event to bring together academic expertise in neuroscience and psychiatry from across the English Midlands, this online seminar will highlight the vital work being done today in clinically-relevant neuroscience research focused on young brains and minds.

  • Learn from scientists working at the cutting edge of efforts to understand the brain and psychiatric disorders as they impact on young people
  • Engage, interact and network with local academic and clinical colleagues as we turn the spotlight on some of the exciting neuroscience happening near you.

The PanMidlands Neuroscience Showcase is organised by the RCPsych Neuroscience Champions for East and West Midlands, Dr Jo Holland and Dr Angharad de Cates, supported by the RCPsych Gatsby/Wellcome Neuroscience Project.

Register now to be part of this important event!

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Our summer 2021 programme of online events starts with a 'first' for Wales.

We have committed to giving psychiatrists throughout Wales the opportunity to participate in neuroscience-themed events and the chance to help shape the future of neuroscience training in UK psychiatry.

Focusing on cutting-edge research with clinical relevance to 21st century psychiatry, this conference will:

  • showcase world-class neuroscience research in Wales
  • highlight opportunities and share ideas on the integration of neuroscience, psychiatry and mental health.

A day for everyone working in psychiatry and mental health across Wales to be inspired by Welsh neuroscience!

Register now to be part of this landmark event!



Mae ein rhaglen haf 2021 o ddigwyddiadau ar-lein yn dechrau gyda'r 'cyntaf' i Gymru.

Rydym wedi ymrwymo i roi cyfle i seiciatryddion ledled Cymru gymryd rhan mewn digwyddiadau ar themâu niwrowyddoniaeth a'r cyfle i helpu i lunio dyfodol hyfforddiant niwrowyddoniaeth mewn seiciatreg yn y DU.

Gan ganolbwyntio ar ymchwil arloesol sy'n berthnasol yn glinigol i seiciatreg yr 21ain ganrif, bydd y gynhadledd hon yn:

  • arddangos ymchwil niwrowyddoniaeth o'r radd flaenaf yng Nghymru
  • amlygu cyfleoedd a rhannu syniadau ar integreiddio niwrowyddoniaeth, seiciatreg ac iechyd meddwl.

Diwrnod i bawb sy'n gweithio ym maes seiciatreg ac iechyd meddwl ledled Cymru gael eu hysbrydoli gan niwrowyddoniaeth Cymru!

Cofrestrwch nawr i fod yn rhan o'r digwyddiad nodedig hwn!


FREE online event

When? Friday 29th January 2021, 9.00am–1.30pm

Join us for a fascinating series of virtual presentations on the cutting edge  neuroscience that is helping to shape our understanding of psychosis  throughout the lifecycle.

Using a clinical case as a backdrop, we will explore a range of topics  including: genetics, autoimmune psychiatry, neuroimaging, perinatal  psychosis and cognition in psychosis.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Paul Fletcher, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Belinda Lennox, University of Oxford
  • Dr Harry Rolinski, University of Bristol
  • Dr Marisa Casanova-Dias, University of Cardiff
  • Professor Rob Howard, University College London

Register now (via Zoom)

This event is an initiative of the SW Neuronet in association with the RCPsych Neuroscience  Project which is supported by The Gatsby Foundation and Wellcome Trust.

RCPsych’s Neuroscience Project is partnering with the Physics of Medicine/PoLNET network to host a free-to-attend, one-day workshop on Neurodegeneration of the Brain.

Outstanding speakers from around the UK and beyond will cover topics including:

  • Key questions in understanding neurodegeneration  Giles Hardingham (Edinburgh)
  • Clinical challenges for dementia research  James Rowe (Cambridge)
  • Biomarkers  Henrik Zetterberg (Gothenberg)
  • Imaging  Heidi Johansen-Berg (Oxford)
  • Scalable technologies for pre-clinical detection  Ivan Koychev (Oxford and UKDP)

There will be time to put questions to the speakers and share ideas, and a presentation on funding opportunities for research in this area.

Sponsored by the Rosetrees Trust, this online, interdisciplinary event will bring together academic researchers working across the biomedical sciences and healthcare professionals.

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Virtual meeting via Zoom

Get more information and register free at the PoLNET page.

The fifth RCPsych Neuroscience Spring Conference will take place as an online event on Friday 26 March 2021.

Three globally recognised thought leaders will present their ideas on 'The Future of Psychiatry and Neuroscience'.

Professor Wendy Burn will host a roundtable discussion and there will be a chance to put your own questions to the panel.

A limited number of bursaries are available to support medical students, postgraduate scientists and Foundation doctors to take part in this event.

Bursary eligibility and how to apply

Bursaries will be awarded if:

  • you are a medical student or postgraduate scientist studying in a UK university, or a Foundation doctor enrolled in a UK Foundation Programme
  • you have not previously received any other financial support from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, such as a bursary, award, or fellowship.

To apply, send a short (1-2 pages) CV and say in no more than 50 words what you think neuroscience can contribute to psychiatry.

Email for more information.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are no planned face-to-face Neuroscience Project events.

Watch out for news of online events and virtual interactive activities in 2021 and beyond.

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