Keynote Speakers

Professor Maiken Nedergaard, Center for Translational Neuromedicine, University of Copenhagen, DK and University of Rochester, USA

Title (tentative): The nightlife of the brain: Sleep, the glymphatic system, and brain disease.

Dr. Maiken Nedergaard is a neuroscientist most well known for discovering the glymphatic system, a system responsible for “cleaning” the brain during sleep, and the relationship between this system and brain disease. This discovery earned her a place on Science Magazine’s list of Breakthroughs of the Year (2013), and she has received numerous other prizes for her work, including the Newcomb Cleveland Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Nedergaard is Professor of Glial Cell Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Center for Translational Neuromedicine, and is also professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She holds a part-time appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery within the University of Rochester Center for Translational Neuromedicine, where she is the principal investigator of the Division of Glial Disease and Therapeutics laboratory.

Dr. Nedergaard will give a keynote lecture introducing the glymphatic system, its relation to sleep, and its role in brain pathology.

Homepage: Maiken Nedergaard

Professor Essi Viding, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London, UK and Yale University Child Study Center.

Title: Development of psychopathology: How can neurocognitive and genetically informative research improve our understanding of environmental risk?

Dr. Essi Viding is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at University College London in the Faculty of Brain Sciences, and adjunct faculty at Yale University Child Study Center. Prof Viding co-directs the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit at UCL. Her research focuses on investigating different developmental pathways to persistent antisocial behaviour, as well as the neurocognitive consequences of childhood maltreatment. She has won several prizes for her research, including the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and British Psychological Society Spearman Medal, and has advised U.K. government on child mental health research priorities.

Prof Viding will give a keynote lecture that will provide an overview of neurocognitive and genetically informative research into developmental risk for conduct disorder. She will use this overview as a framework for considering how atypical neurocognitive functioning may serve to generate and maintain maladaptive social interactions.

Homepage: Essi Viding

Professor Sebastian Crutch, Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK Title (tentative): Visual deficits in dementia.

Dr. Sebastian Crutch is professor of neuropsychology at the Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology and is the clinical lead for Rare Dementia Support. His research focuses on rare and young onset dementias, especially posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), the so-called ‘visual variant’ of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This work has led to improved understanding of dementia-related visual impairment and the causes and consequences of atypical AD more generally. He has also contributed to our knowledge about rehabilitation and support for people with dementai. Prof Crutch was awarded the 2015 Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Research Leader Award, and 2012 British Neuropsychological Society 10th Elizabeth Warrington Prize.

Prof Crutch will give a keynote lecture focusing on visual symptoms in dementia.

Homepage: Sebastian Crutch

Professor Randi Starrfelt, Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen

Title (tentative): Developmental prosopagnosia: What is it, and (why) should neuropsychologists care?

Dr. Randi Starrfelt is professor of neuropsychology at University of Copenhagen. Prof Starrfelt’s research focuses on visuo-percetual deficits in acquired brain injury and developmental disorders, focusing in particular on reading and face recognition. Prof. Starrfelt will present recent work on developmental prosopagnosia (“faceblindness”), a congenital deficit in face recognition. It has recently become clear that developmental prosopagnosia is relatively common, and it is estimated to affect about ~2% of the population. The talk will present basic knowledge of the condition, how it may be measured and “diagnosed”, and how developmental prosopagnosia may be related to other developmental disorders.

Homepage: Randi Starrfelt

Professor Duncan Astle, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, UK

Title: Cognitive development in a network neuroscience perspective: risk, resilience and intervention.

Dr. Duncan Astle is Programme Leader at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge. Dr. Astle’s research is focused on methodological innovations for understanding neural systems in childhood, how they give rise to neurodevelopmental diversity, and how they respond to intervention. Dr. Astle will give a keynote-lecture that focuses on human brain development from a network perspective.

Homepage: Duncan Astle


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