Psychoanalysis Unit


The Future of Neuroscience, Attachment and Mentalizing: from research to clinical practice

10:00 am, 18 May 2019 to 5:00 pm, 19 May 2019


Registration for our May 2019 conference Neuroscience, Attachment, and Mentalizing will open in Autumn 2018.

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This conference will be one of the first conferences to explicitly focus on the application of neuroscience and neurobiology to clinical issues. Leading speakers will discuss recently emerging findings in affective neuroscience with immediate clinical relevance. They will focus on incorporating neurobiological findings with the aim to provide what every clinician should know from a neuroscience point of view. Clinical themes covered will include children and adults with a trauma history, autism, and early preventative interventions for at-risk children and parents.

Another aim of the conference is further exchange between practitioners and leading experts in affective neuroscience. Clinical workshops on Sunday will aim to provide practitioners with the possibility to discuss the influence of the most recent emerging findings on clinical practice, and offer the opportunity for in-depth interaction with key practitioners in the field.

Keynote speakers and workshop leaders to include:

Ruth Feldman, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel

Katerina Fotopoulou, University College London, UK

Peter Fonagy, University College London and Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, UK

Pasco Fearon, University College London, UK

Bart Boets, KU Leuven, Belgium

Pascal Vrtička, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Patrick Luyten, KU Leuven, Belgium and University College London, UK

Martin Debbané, Université de Genève, Switzerland

Nader PerroudUniversité de Genève, Switzerland

Anna Buchheim, Universität Innsbruck, Austria