Neuroscience Project news:
Brain Camp comes to ‘Brum’ and extends its global
More than 50 enthusiastic participants converged on Birmingham
on 1st June for the latest instalment of ‘Inspiring excellence in
neuroscience education’, the training-the-trainers programme from
the RCPsych’s Gatsby/Wellcome Neuroscience Project.
The event drew people from across the West
Midlands and beyond and we were excited to welcome our first
international participant to Brain Camp in the shape of Professor
Gerry Craigen of the University of Toronto, Canada.
A packed programme featured presentations on
cutting-edge neuroscience research from Dr Mandy Johnstone
(University of Edinburgh) and Dr David Cousins (Newcastle
Dr Johnstone, a Clinical Research Fellow and
Liaison Psychiatrist, held the room transfixed as she described how
skin biopsies from patients with schizophrenia can be turned into
cerebral organoids and grown in vitro as a model to study
Later, Clinician Scientist Dr Cousins showed
some fascinating imaging studies that he and ‘Team Lithium’ have
been involved in to investigate the distribution of lithium in the
A key part of the day was a series of
interactive sessions to illustrate engaging approaches to the
teaching and learning of neuroscience.
Dr Cousins ran an extremely popular
masterclass on ‘Teaching Imaging Techniques’, and this was followed
by practical workshops on ‘Talking to your Patient about the
Brain’, ‘Making your Journal Club a Success Story’, and the
ever-popular ‘Build your Brain’ hands-on neuroanatomy with Play
Doh, which everyone found hugely enjoyable.
Active participation is a hallmark of Brain
Camps and everyone was eagerly involved throughout the day.
There was universal enthusiasm for the
presentations and the ample time allowed for discussion, the
sharing of ideas and good practice was thoroughly appreciated.
After taking part in Brain Camp, people felt
much more in touch with modern neuroscience research and much more
confident in their ability to teach neuroscience to trainees. Brain
Camp, and the Neuroscience Project, will continue to ‘inspire
excellence in neuroscience education’.
Our thanks to Angela Appleby, RCPsych West
Midlands Division Manager, for her help in putting the event
Watch out for announcements on further Brain
Camp opportunities around the UK later in 2018.
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