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Neuroplasticity: Implications for New Clinical Technique
Dr Ruth Lanius and Dr Mark Solms

Saturday 29 November 2014

One of the most exciting developments of neuroscience research has been how and in what ways the brain changes throughout life as synaptic connections are constantly removed or created resulting in new cortical maps. Adding to the studies of brain plasticity in patients suffering from brain injury and the way people learn, the field of affective neuroscience has introduced the proposition that relationships are a powerful factor in neuroplasticity, and that we create new neural pathways in response to emotional and interpersonal stimuli. This conference brings together two dual-disciplined speakers (Mark Solms, a neuropsychologist and a psychoanalyst; Ruth Lanius, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist working in the area of post-traumatic stress disorders) to explore the significance of new developments in their work. Both have a long-standing interest in the function of the brain and the effectiveness of psychotherapy. They have been asked to speak on recent research into the brain mechanisms of emotion, the neurobiological underpinnings of trauma, and implications for psychotherapeutic technique.


Dr Ruth Lanius

Ruth Lanius MD PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, services that specialize in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. She has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book, The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease with Eric Vermetten and Clare Pain.

Dr Mark Solms

Mark Solms was educated at Pretoria Boysí High School and the University of the Witwatersrand. He undertook postdoctoral studies at St Bartholomewís, the Royal London School of Medicine and the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London. He returned to South Africa in 2002 as professor in neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town. He is best known for his elucidation of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming and for his discovery of the double dissociation between rapid-eye-movement sleep and dreaming. He is also widely acknowledged for his pioneering work in the interdisciplinary field now known as neuropsychoanalysis, which substantially broadened neuroscientific understanding of complex psychiatric phenomena. Solms has been widely published in leading neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals as well as in general scientific journals. The best known of his four books is The Brain and the Inner World, which has been translated into 12 languages. He has received many awards for his scientific and scholarly achievements. These include the George Sarton Medal for contributions to the history and philosophy of science (Rijksuniversiteit Ghent, 1996) and the American Psychiatric Associationís International Psychiatrist Award for 2001. He is translating and editing Sigmund Freudís complete scientific writings in 28 volumes.


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Self-funded: £160
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CPD Hours

Certificates of Attendance for 7 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

Registration: 09.15
Start: 09.45
End: 17.00