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BNA Christmas Symposium 2014: What Drugs Could Santa Take?


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Monday 15th December, 2014: 12.00 - 18.00


Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE










Welcome and Introduction

Professor John Aggleton, President-Elect of the BNA, University of Cardiff




Professor Sophie Scott, University College London

Ho Ho Ho – The Neuroscience of Santa’s Laughter




Dr Sarah King, University of Sussex

Why Does Santa Drink?




Dr Ben Sessa, University of Cardiff

Santa Claus and Psychedelic Drugs




Dr Sridhar Vasudevan, University of Oxford

What would Santa take for Jet Lag?




Tea break




British Neuroscience Association Awards presented by Professor John Aggleton

Public Understanding of Neuroscience: Fiona Fox and Dr Edward Sykes, Science Media Centre

Contribution to Neuroscience: Professor Dame Kay Davies, University of Oxford

Undergraduate award 2014: Lauren Byrne, University of Edinburgh

Postgraduate award 2014: Linda Katona, University of Oxford 




Keynote Lecture: Professor Trevor Robbins, University of Cambridge, Winner of the Brain Prize, 2014

Enhancing Rudolph: The Psychopharmacology of Christmas




Panel Discussion





Wine and mince pie reception 






We are delighted to announce the following award winners:

Public Understanding of Neuroscience

Science Media Centre


 Fiona Fox, Chief Executive       Dr Edward Sykes, Senior Press Manager and Head of Mental Health & Neuroscience

Oustanding Contribution to Neuroscience

Professor Dame Kay Davies

Professor Dame Kay Davies, CBE, DBE, F.MedSci., FRS

BNA Undergraduate and Postgraduate Awards 2014: winners to be announced

Plenary Speakers

Professor Trevor Robbins, winner of the Brain Prize 2014 - Enhancing Rudolph: The Psychopharmacology of Christmas


It is currently not possible to register for this event. Registration is closed.


Free for BNA members

£40 for students and retired non-BNA members

£75 for non-BNA members

£90 for corporate non-BNA members

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