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FANS Science Meeting - March 2020 - 12 March 2020

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*** This event has been rescheduled to 16th April 2020 ***



The Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences (FANS) hosts a range of seminars, training programmes and events open to staff, students and the wider public. The FANS Science Meetings are a series of seminars providing our invited internal and external speakers with the opportunity to present the latest research and developments from across the field. The meetings are also a lively forum for all to exchange knowledge and ideas and build connections across the department and beyond.


Talk 1: Neuroanatomical underpinnings of autism in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome - Maria Gudbrandsen

22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) is a genetic condition resulting from a micro-deletion at the 11.2 band of chromosome 22. It is associated with a high prevalence of neuropsychiatric conditions that include autism. While recent studies have examined the impact of the deletion on brain development, it remains unknown how this translates to neurobiology. Further, most previous neuroimaging studies in 22q11.2DS have focused on the psychosis, and very few studies have examined the association with autism. 

In this talk, Maria will present her research related to 22q11.2DS neuroanatomy and autism prevalence in this population.

Bio: Maria is a research associate in the FANS department. Her main interest are 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, autism and cortical morphometry. She is currently in the final stage of her PhD.

Talk 2: Genome-wide genetic risk for neuropsychiatric disorder, brain imaging and prematurity - Dr Harriet Cullen

Neuropsychiatric disorders have polygenic determinants but are often precipitated by environmental pressures, including adverse perinatal events. However, the way in which genetic vulnerability and early-life adversity interact remains obscure.

In her talk, Harriet will show how genetic variants associated with neuropsychiatric disorders increase vulnerability to abnormal deep grey matter development after perinatal stress. She will also present results from a larger cohort exploring a gene x environment interaction effect between neuropsychiatric genetic risk and gestational age on cognitive outcome.

Bio: Harriet is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Genetics at the Centre for the Developing Brain and the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics.  Her work integrates neonatal neuroimaging and bioinformatics to study genetic determinants of brain development.

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This event is open to all King's College London staff, students and the wider community. For more information please contact:

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FANS is one of Europe’s largest research groups and one of the few teams in the world bringing together leading experts in brain development and pro and antisocial behaviours across the lifespan.  We are part of the IOPPN, world-renowned for the quality of its research and for producing more highly cited publications in psychiatry and mental health (Scopus, 2016) than any other university in the world. 

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