Kerry Chant, Nobel Laureate Thomas Sudhof to headline Brain and Mind Centre Symposium this week

Venue: Brain and Mind Centre via Zoom Sydney via Zoom, NSW, Australia

Start Date: Thu 3 Dec 2020 Start Time: 0900

End Date: Fri 4 Dec 2020 End Time: 1700

What’s Next – A vision for brain and mind sciences’ full program is here

Learning from the past, looking to the future is a focus of the annual BMC Symposium 3-4 Decemberfree registration open to all via Zoom. Interviews available, University of Sydney experts can be contacted directly. Presentations are over two, half-day sessions – details below.



DAY 1, 9AM–1pm, 3 DECEMBER 2020

9.15-9.45am: Commencement Address: Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer
Focus: How research has contributed to the public health effort during COVID-19.

Kerry Chant available for interviews between 9am-10am on request

10.20-10.50am: Professor Maree Teesson, director, Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use: Trends of the mental health of adolescents in the community.

11.30-11.45am: Professor Lee-Fay Low, Ageing, Health & Work research unit, Sydney School of Health Sciences: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected people with dementia?

11.45am-12: Professor Luke Henderson, Sydney School of Medical Sciences. How can we explore the transition from acute to chronic pain.

DAY 2, 1.30–5PM, 4 DECEMBER

1.45-2.30pm: Nobel Laureate Professor Thomas Sudhof, Stanford University. Towards a molecular logic of synapse formation: How neural circuits are constructed.

3.20pm- 3.35: Dr Nicola Black, Technology Addiction team, Brain and Mind Centre. Gambling and related problems during COVID-19.


4.15-4.55pm: What’s next? Panel members including Brain and Mind Centre team leads discuss their vision for science and research: Associate Professor Jo-An Atkinson – Mental Wealth Initiative; Professor Michael Barnett – Computational Neuroscience; Associate Professor Fabienne Brilot-Turville – Neuroimmunology; Associate Professor Sally Gainsbury – Technology Addiction;- Professor Adam Guastella – Child Neurodevelopment and Mental Health; Professor Glenda Halliday – Ageing and Neurodegeneration; Academic Co-director BMC Professor Ian Hickie – Youth Mental Health and Technology; Academic Co-director BMC Professor Matthew Kiernan –Ageing and Neurodegeneration; Professor Sharon Naismith – Sleep and Circadian Biology.

Organisation: The University of Sydney


Topic: Health / Medical