Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind Seminar at The Neuro - Structural Neuroimaging within the European Autism Interventions Program - A Multicentre Study for Developing New Medications (EU-AIMS)

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The Feindel Virtual Brain and Mind (VBM) Seminar Series

"Advancing the vision of Dr. William Feindel (1918–2014), former Director of the Neuro (1972–1984) and Founding Director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (1984), to constantly bridge the clinical and research realms. The talks will highlight the latest advances and discoveries in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroimaging."

Speakers will include scientists from across The Neuro, as well as colleagues and collaborators locally and from around the world. The series is intended to provide a virtual forum for scientists and trainees to continue to foster interdisciplinary exchanges on the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of brain and cognitive disorders.

Registration is available now on Eventbrite.


Speaker: Prof. Christine Ecker

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany 

Bio: Dr. Christine Ecker is Heisenberg Professor in the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital of the Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, and visiting professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College, London. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology obtained the University of Mannheim, Germany, and completed an MSc in neuroscience at the University of Oxford. She joined King’s College London in 2001, originally as a PhD student, and then as post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences. She became Lecturer in Neuroimaging at the Sackler Institute for Translational Neurodevelopment at King’s in 2010, with a main research focus on imaging methodologies and computational neuroanatomy in ASD. At the beginning of 2016, Dr. Ecker moved to the Goethe University in Frankfurt where she leads an independent research team focusing on translational neuroimaging applications in autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions. 

Talk Abstract: Autism Spectrum Condition (ASD) is a highly heterogeneous neurodevelopmental condition that is associated by atypical brain structure and brain development. One of the few studies that has specifically been designed with the purpose of disentangling the large heterogeneity associated with the condition is the EU-AIMS Longitudinal European Autism Project (LEAP; www.eu-aims.eu and www.aims-2-trials.eu), which provides genotypic and phenotypc assessments for >700 individuals, including males and females across development (6-30 years) within a wide range of intellectural abilities, and varying degress of symptom severity. This talk aims to provide an update on the various research activities within the consortium, and to highlight some initial research findings examining brain structure in this cohort. 


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