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Introducing the translational science of neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions across the lifespan hosted by NIHR Maudsley BRC

Presentations will focus on the work our researchers are doing to drive innovation in the identification, understanding and development of interventions to support mental health across the lifespan.

There will be networking opportunities throughout the afternoon with colleagues from across the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.


Gainsford lecture theatre (first floor), Weston Education Centre, King's College London, 10 Cutcombe Road, London, SE5 9RJ


13:00 - 14:30 | Session 1

Chaired by Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke, Deputy Theme Lead of Child Mental Health and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, NIHR Maudsley BRC and Professor of Developmental Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the IoPPN, King’s College London.

13:00-13:10 | Welcome – Professor Gráinne McAlonan

13:10-13:20 | Translational research strategy in child and adolescent mental health, Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke

13:20-13:30 | Neonatal brain features and childhood behavioural outcomes following very preterm birth, Professor Chiara Nosarti

13:30-13:40 | Novel neurotherapeutics in ADHD, Professor Katya Rubia

13:40-13:50 | Developing Mechanistically Informed Psychological Interventions for Autistic Youth: A route to personalisation of treatment, Dr Matthew Hollocks

13:50-14:00 | Understanding Barriers to Care in Girls and Women: Examining Societal, Clinical, and Individual Factors in ADHD Diagnosis, Ana-Maria Butura

14:00-14:10 | Involving neurodivergent youth in the translational science of ADHD and autism, Dr Susie Chandler, on behalf of RE-STAR

14:10-14:30 | Increasing collaboration and innovation via the King's Maudsley Partnership for Children and Young People, Professor Emily Simonoff, Dr Johnny Downes, Sarah Holloway

14:30-15:00 | Networking and light refreshments

15:00-16:30 | Session 2

Chaired by Professor Gráinne McAlonan, Child Mental Health and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Theme Lead and Interim Director, NIHR Maudsley BRC, Clinical Professor of Translational Neuroscience, Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London

15:00-15:15 | Dynamic functional connectivity in the neonatal brain, Sunniva Fenn-Moltu

15:15-15:30 | Impact of maternal immune activation on infant brain development during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Julie Nihouarn Sigurdardottir

15:30-15:45 | Sensory processing in autism; impacts on social behaviour and co-ocurring conditions, Helen Powell

15:45-16:00 | Molehill Mountain: Novel adapted app based anxiety intervention for autistic people, Beth Oakley

16:00-16:15 | Neurocognitive changes in childhood liver disease, Megan Earl

16:15-16:30 | From bench to regulator: towards approval of an autism biomarker, Luke Mason

16:30-17:00 | Networking and light refreshments

At this event

Grainne  McAlonan

Professor of Translational Neuroscience

Edmund Sonuga-Barke

Professor of Developmental Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Amanda Bye

King’s Maudsley Partnership for Children and Young People Translational Research Fellow

Luke Mason


Event details

Gainsford lecture theatre (first floor)
Weston Education Centre (WEC)
Weston Education Centre, Cutcombe Road, London SE5 9RJ