Bridging the Gap: Neuroscience and Clinical Practice in Mental Health Workshop
Wellcome is hosting a workshop to bring together researchers and clinicians at all career stages to better understand how neuroscience could inform clinical practice. This workshop aims to foster collaboration between neuroscientists and clinician scientists.
Workshop at a glance
Date of workshop: Thursday 19 October, 2023
Location: Wellcome's offices, London
This workshop is for clinicians and neuroscientists at all career stages from institutions based in the UK.
About the workshop
Wellcome’s vision is a world in which no one is held back by mental health problems. To achieve this, we want to create a step-change in early intervention for anxiety, depression and psychosis.
We are pursuing a better understanding of how the brain, body, and environment interact in the development and resolution of depression, anxiety, and psychosis.
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the best options, gaps and opportunities to leverage neuroscience to help generate evidence needed to resolve anxiety, depression, and psychosis.
The discussions and presentations will focus mainly on concepts and methods from computational neuroscience, computational psychiatry and cellular and animal models for mental health.
The workshop will also explore gaps and opportunities for the involvement of people with lived experience in neuroscience and mental health.
We invite neuroscientists, clinicians and lived experience experts to discuss their research, including challenges in addressing translational questions. Our aim is to foster meaningful and productive discussions between delegates throughout the day.
The format of the workshop will support networking to create partnerships between scientists working across fields with complementary approaches.
Speakers and provisional program
- Keynote: Professor Jeremy Hall, Cardiff University: What has neuroscience ever done for us?
- Dr Rebecca Lawson, University of Cambridge: Computational models for mental health
- Professor Jonathan Cavanagh, University of Glasgow: Animal models for mental health
- Dr Kate Martin, Wellcome Trust: Challenges and opportunities for lived experience in Neuroscience
- Professor Rosalyn Moran, Professor Xiaosi Gu, Professor Deepak Srivastava, Professor Mark Walton: Feedback from Wellcome’s Expert advisory group
- Closing remarks: Dr Rachel Upthegrove, University of Birmingham
This workshop will also include breakout sessions to encourage conversations on various areas of neuroscience and clinical practice alongside lectures.
Attendees will have the opportunity to present their work in lightning talks sessions on topics relevant to the workshop, specifically focussing on:
- cellular and animal models in mental health
- computational psychiatry
- computational neuroscience
- connections between clinical practice and neuroscience research
- lived experience in relation to basic science.
Eligibility and suitability
This workshop is for researchers and clinicians at all career stages who are based at institutions in the UK.
We want to ensure that the broadest possible range of people contribute to and benefit from science's potential to change the world.
In keeping with this, we are aiming for a diverse and representative group of delegates across institution, career stage, and discipline within neuroscience and/or clinical practice of relevance to mental health.
We are requesting that anyone interested in attending this workshop first complete an Expression of Interest Form to help us select a cohort who can gain the most from and best fulfil the aims of this meeting.
We will select delegates on the following criteria:
- ensuring a range of institutions are represented
- ensuring a range of career stages are represented, including those at an early career stage
- ensuring a range of different disciplines are included.
What we offer
This is a one-day in-person workshop at Wellcome's offices in central London. For selected applicants who are unable to attend in person, we will have an online option available so that you will be able to take part.
We would like to encourage in-person attendance at this workshop and to support this, we will be covering:
- travel costs (for example train or bus fares) incurred to attend the workshop. Where possible, we encourage attendants to avoid using flights for their journeys and instead opt for greener modes of travel such as train, coach, or car-share.
- overnight accommodation for attendees if a single railway journey to travel to the workshop venue would take you longer than three hours.
Lunch and coffee breaks will be catered and we will be hosting a drinks reception.
We will be able to provide a Certificate of Continuing Professional Developments (CPD) to workshop attendees.
How to apply
Interested attendees should complete our Expression of Interest Form to help us select a group that can gain the most from, and best fulfil the aims of, this meeting.
Please use this form (which will take about 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete) to express interest to participate in the workshop.
If you are disabled or have a long-term health condition, we can support you with the application process.
You must submit your Expression of Interest by 17:00 (BST) on the 23 June 2023. We don’t accept late applications.
Open to applications
- 23 June 2023Submit your form
Submit Expression of Interest
- Begining of July 2023
- By mid-July 2023
Confirmation of attendance
- 19 October 2023
If you have a question about eligibility, what we offer please contact: