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Launch of the Institute for Mental Health and Centre for Human Brain Health

Edgbaston Park Hotel, University of Birmingham
Tuesday 24 September (11:30) - Wednesday 25 September 2019 (17:00)

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Launch of the Institute for Mental Health and Centre for Human Brain Health

The two-day event will feature keynote presentations from world-leading experts and a special reception to inaugurate the new Centre for Human Brain Health with exclusive tours of the facilities. You will have the opportunity to hear from early career mental health and brain researchers and also gain insight from the Institute for Mental Health's Youth Advisory Group.

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About the Institute for Mental Health (IMH)

The Institute for Mental Health has been established to maximise the collaborative efforts of academics at the University of Birmingham, and builds on the strong existing partnerships with practice in the NHS, established through Birmingham Health Partners, Forward Thinking Birmingham, and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. The Institute for Mental Health works to improve the outcomes and care for young people with mental health problems. We do this by working together to understand the causes of poor mental health, prevent mental health problems from developing, and respond to established illness by developing new treatments and services.

About the Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH)

The CHBH is an interdisciplinary brain research facility established with the mission of understanding what makes a brain healthy, how to maintain it, and how to prevent and reverse damage.The Centre is home to state-of-the-art brain imaging facilities, which are used to uncover the mechanisms supporting cognition in both the healthy and the dysfunctional brain.


Please ensure that you reserve a ticket for each day that you plan to attend. This is a ticketed-only event.


Tuesday 24th September 2019

11:30 - 13:00: Centre for Human Brain Health self-guided tours (no booking required)

13:00 - 14:00: Registration and lunch

14:00 - 14:15: Welcome address: Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham

14:15 - 15:10: Keynote: Professor Louise Arseneault, Kings College London: ‘Taking a stand against bullying: the societal and individual costs of being bullied in childhood’

15:10 - 15:30: Break

15:30 - 16:25: Keynote: Professor Ed Bullmore, Cambridge Neuroscience: 'Inflammation and Depression'

16:30 - 17:30: Q&A with Professor Louise Arseneault, Professor Ed Bullmore, Professor Matthew Broome (Director of the IMH), Professor Ole Jensen (Co-Director of the CHBH) and Dr Andrew Bagshaw (Co-Director of the CHBH)

Chaired by: Dr Jennifer Cook, University of Birmingham

17:30 - 19:00: Drinks Reception


Wednesday 25th September 2019

10:00 - 10:30: Arrival and registration

10:30 - 10:45: Welcome: Professor Matthew Broome (Director of the IMH), Professor Ole Jensen (Co-Director of the CHBH) and Dr Andrew Bagshaw (Co-Director of the CHBH)

10:45 - 11:35: Keynote: Professor Sarah- Jayne Blakemore, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience: 'Sensitive periods of social brain development in adolescence'

11.35 - 11:45: Break

11:45 - 12:35: Keynote: Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg, The Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, Oxford: 'Imaging human brain health through the lifespan'

12:35 - 13.30: Lunch and Centre for Human Brain Health self-guided tours (no booking required)

13:30 - 14:50: Breakout sessions

Please see full details of the four available sessions below. You will be able to sign up for the sessions on the day at registration.


Session 1: Early Career Researcher Talks

Dr Isabel Morales- Muñoz: ‘Longitudinal links between sleep and mental health-related problems’

Dr Kareen Heinze: ‘Testing a model of reduced neocortical inhibition in psychosis and autism-spectrum disorder’

Paris Lalousis: ‘Phenotypic and Neuroanatomical Classification of Co-Morbid Disorder: Psychosis and Depression’

Rosanna Laverick: ‘Hippocampal pathology in post stroke cognitive decline’

Christopher Eaton: 'Sleep disorders, pain and challenging behaviour in children with Smith-Magenis syndrome and Angelman syndrome'

Alice Winsor: ‘Sleep in childhood epilepsy: A meta-analysis’

Alexander Zhigalov: ‘Understanding mechanisms of visual attention using magnetoencephalography’


Session 2: Early Career Researcher Workshop

‘Using neuroimaging to study consciousness after traumatic brain injury’

Talks from:

Sean Coulborn: 'Modulating Effective Connectivity of Intrinsic Brain Networks using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation.'

Leah Banellis: 'Can interoceptive and exteroceptive integration enhance the detection of residual cognition?'

Rodika Sokoliuk: 'Investigating Language Processing in Disorders of Consciousness.'

Roya Jalali: 'TDCS modulates effective connectivity between thalamus and M1 during command following.'

Posters presented by: Consuelo Vidal, Sara Calzolari, Davide Aloi, Harvey Walsh


Session 3: Early Career Researcher Workshop

'Getting a hold on Emotion: Genes, Brain, and Behavior'

Session chaired by Ana Pesquita and Tamas Minarik.

Talks from:

Federica Meconi: 'Autobiographical memory reactivation in empathy for pain.'

Lizzie Farrow: 'Epigenetics of Conduct Disorder in Adolescent Females: Preliminary findings.'

Jovita Leung: 'Age differences in affective control and its association with mental health difficulties.'

Sophie Sowden: 'The role of movement kinematics in facial emotion expression and perception.'


Session 4: IMH Youth Advisory Group Workshop 

‘Youth involvement in mental health research' led by the IMH Youth Advisory Group


14:50 - 15:00: Break

15:00 - 15:50: Keynote: Professor Essi Viding, University College London: 'Development of psychopathology: How can neurocognitive research improve our understanding of environmental risk?' 

15:50 - 16:40: Keynote: Professor Sylvain Baillet, McGill University, Canada 'A predictive machinery: network dynamics of brain perceptual inferences'

16:40 - 16:45: Closing remarks: Professor Laura Green OBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences

16:45 - 18:00: Drinks Reception


For directions, please visit the Edgbaston Park Hotel website.


The AA, Arup and CPW Travel Grants for Early Career Researchers

With support from Associated Architects, Arup & Crouch Perry Wilkes, we are able to provide a limited number of travel grants to Early Career Researchers and postgraduate students who have registered for launch of the Institute for Mental Health and the Centre for Human Brain Health.

Applications are now closed.

With special thanks to our launch sponsors:


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ANT Neuro specializes in being a single-source provider of high performance products within neuroscience research and neurodiagnostics. Applications include EEG, EMG, MRI, TMS and MEG technology. Leading in know-how and technology, we offer solutions and high quality, state-of-the-art products and reliable services for expert customers worldwide. We team-up with them to explore new ways, new dimensions and to tackle challenges. We think out-of-the-box and act always one step ahead. ANT Neuro is devoted to providing cutting-edge solutions, particularly aiming at systems and products which inspire scientists and clinicians to undertake new actions and gain better insight into the human brain.


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Associated Architects was founded in Birmingham, in 1968. Since then, we’ve grown into a multi-award winning practice of over 70 employees. Our work reaches across the UK and beyond, spanning both private and public sectors - from schools & universities, to commercial & residential, as well as large-scale urban regeneration schemes. We have worked collaboratively with our building engineering partners Arup and Couch Perry Wilkes at the University of Birmingham since 2005. We are always seeking solutions that are both financially and environmentally sustainable for the University. We are proud to have collaborated to realise the new Centre for Human Brain Health.




MEGIN, is the global leader for Magnetoencephalography (MEG) technology, a non-invasive, functional brain mapping solution for the diagnostic workup, treatment strategy and intervention of neurological conditions. Through innovation and passionate exploration of the endless possibilities, specialists from close to one hundred sites from around the world are using our MEG technology to study pathological and eloquent areas of the brain in patients diagnosed with neurological disorders such as epilepsy, brain tumors, autism, Alzheimer’s and vascular malformations.


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Robinson Low Francis (RLF) are delighted to sponsor the Speakers Dinner for the Launch of the new Institute for Mental Health and the CHBH at the University of Birmingham. RLF has worked with the University for over 25 years and is currently providing Cost Consultancy Services on several projects across the Campus. Current projects being undertaken by RLF include the new School of Engineering, new Teaching and Learning Building and the new Molecular Sciences Building. RLF is also working on the refurbishment of the Grade 2-listed Exchange Building in Centenary Square, to provide a new city centre location for the University of Birmingham.



Siemens is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role. Siemens’ technical expertise, comprehensive portfolio and long-standing experience are helping to pioneer a sustainable future across the globe. Find detailed information, news, insights and references on the topic areas that exemplify Siemens’ success in providing state-of-the-art solutions in fields including IT, industry, finance and energy.


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