BNA Christmas Symposium

BNA Event - 12th Dec 2016

Mental health: What presents has neuroscience left under the Christmas tree?

12th December - KCL, London

The burden of mental health disorders continues to grow with a huge impact on individuals, families, and healthcare provision.

This year's BNA Christmas Symposium, held at London's KCL, will bring together leading researchers to describe what neuroscience has contributed to the diagnosis, management and treatment of mental health disorders.  


Time Title Speaker
10:00-10:50 Coffee/registration
10:50 – 11:00 Welcome John Aggleton, BNA President
11:00-11:35 The impact of genes and the environment on adolescent mental health Louise Arseneault, KCL
11:35-12:10 The evolution of antipsychotic medicines – what does neuroscience have to do with it? Oliver Howes, KCL
12:10-12:45 Celebrating Christmas: what is alcohol doing to your brain? Anne Lingford-Hughes, Imperial
12:45-12:55    Funding for mental health research Sophie Dix, MQ
12:55-2:00    LUNCH
2:00-2:10 Prize giving Stafford Lightman, BNA President-Elect
2:10-2.45 Fear and anxiety Oliver Robinson, UCL
2:45-3:20 Understanding paranoia: A voice hearer's perspective Peter Bullimore
3:20 - 3:55 Online approaches to the treatment of mental illness Andy Blackwell, Ieso Digital Health Ltd
3:55 – 4:25 TEA
4:25 – 4:35 Student prize giving   Stafford Lightman, BNA President-Elect
4:35 – 5:10 The pharmacology of emotion  Emma Robinson, Bristol
5:10-5:45 Emotional processing and mental health Catherine Harmer, Oxford
5:45-5:50 Closing words John Aggleton, BNA President
5:50-7:00        Wine reception for all delegates - Sponsored by Nature Human Behaviour



The meeting will be held at the Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, KCL Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS. See map 

Getting here by underground: Temple (District and Circle lines): 2 minute walk. Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines): 10 minute walk.  Embankment (District, Circle and Bakerloo lines): 10 minute walk.  Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City lines): 12 minute walk. Holborn (Central and Picadilly lines): 12 minute walk. Chancery Lane (Central line): use exit 4 - 15 minute walk.

By train: Charing Cross: 9 minute walk. Waterloo: 12 minute walk. Waterloo East: 10 minute walk. Blackfriars: 12 minute walk.

By bus: Buses stopping outside the university: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, X68, 168, 171, 172, 176 (24 hour), 188, 243 (24 hour), 341 (24 hour), 521, RV1.

Parking: There is no public parking, but a pay and display parking system operates in nearby streets including Surrey Street.



We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support.



The Open University is a world leader in part-time distance education. It offers degree courses in a wide range of subjects including health science, psychology, mental health, nursing and healthcare practice, and provides you with the flexibility to study around work and family commitments.


MQ: Transforming Mental Health is an international mental health research charity. The charity was created in 2013, with initial funding from the Wellcome Trust, to raise funds from the general public for research.

The charities aims are to fund multi-disciplinary research into mental health. It funds research across the spectrum of biological, psychological and social sciences.

Whilst the charity is based in the UK, it has an international focus and funds research globally.


Nature Reviews Neuroscience covers the breadth and depth of modern neuroscience by providing an authoritative, accessible, topical and engaging first port of call for scientists who are interested in all aspects of this field.



Tocris Bioscience is the leading supplier of novel and exclusive tools for laboratory research. Since 1982, Tocris has been committed to making new discoveries possible by providing the highest performing, highest purity and most innovative portfolio of research reagents available.

Our range of over 4,000 life science reagents includes GPCR ligands, enzyme inhibitors, ion channel modulators, fluorescent probes, caged compounds, photoswitchable ligands, DREADD ligands and screening libraries. Tocris is now a key life science brand within Bio-Techne, a global company committed to providing the scientific research community with pioneering products and services.


Nature Human Behaviour will publish research of outstanding significance into any aspect of human behaviour: its psychological, biological, and social bases, as well as its origins, development, and disorders. The journal aims to enhance the visibility of research into human behaviour, strengthening its societal reach and impact. 

We invite your organisation to sponsor this special event: please read more in the sponsorship and exhibition prospectus.



Meeting Fees

  Member Non-member
Undergraduate/ 'A' level student £10* £10
Postgraduate £10 £20
Early Career Scientist/ Clinician £20 £40
Associate member £20 £40
Full/ Corporate £35 £55
Retired £10 £20

*BNA undergraduate members - Please note that the BNA undergrad registration fee (£10) is refundable based on successful attendance at the event.  We have introduced this policy to try and avoid no-shows.  The no-show rate in 2015 was 20% meaning that there were empty seats which could have easily been filled by people who were on a waiting list and had wanted to come.

One Nucleus members - please note that you are entitled to register at the reduced BNA membership rates. Please enter the discount code you will have recived via One Nucleus communications when registering below. If you have not got the code, please contact One Nucleus.


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