UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Virtual: UCL Partners CNR seminar: Professor Masud Husain

21 October 2021, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm


When the spark goes out: Neuroscience and clinical implications of apathy

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Apathy, or lack of motivation, is emerging as a common, debilitating syndrome that affects patients across a range of brain disorders, including stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative conditions. It can manifest in many different ways such as ‘fatigue’, ‘lack of energy’ or simply as a lack of willingness to allocate physical, cognitive or social effort, resulting in lack of engagement with therapies.  In this talk, I’ll explain what we understand about the brain mechanisms leading to apathy and how the condition impacts on patients’ lives and their potential for rehabilitation.

Further information: cnr@ucl.ac.uk

About the Speaker

Professor Masud Husain

at Oxford University

Masud Husain is Professor of Neurology & Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He holds a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellowship and is Professorial Fellow at New College Oxford. After obtaining his PhD at Oxford, Masud went on to postdoctoral work at MIT before completing clinical training at Oxford. He held a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship, first at Imperial College and then at University College London. At UCL he was Deputy Director of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Head of Dept Brain Repair & Rehabilitation at the Institute of Neurology. His current research focuses on understanding mechanisms underlying motivation and memory in healthy people and patients with neurological disorders.