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This conference will gather international speakers from different disciplines including psychology, neurology, neuroimaging, psychiatry, genetics, molecular biology, and medicine. The goal of the Horizon 2020 “Lifebrain” programme has been to harmonize, enrich, and fully exploit some of the largest longitudinal studies of age effects on brain, cognition, and mental health in Europe.

Our focus has been on the effect, over time, of education, socioeconomic status, lifestyle factors such as sleep, physical activity, and diet on enhancing and potentially protecting brain structure and function. At the closing conference of the Lifebrain Horizon 2020 consortium, Lifebrain scientists will discuss their findings regarding the effect of these factors on cognitive and mental health throughout life, with invited keynote speakers setting the international context.

Researchers and healthcare professionals with an interest in cognitive and mental health, representatives from patient groups and professional societies, patients, and anyone with an interest in brain health are invited to attend.

The event is organized by the EU Horizon 2020 project Lifebrain and the University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry.

About the organizers

Lifebrain (coordinated by the University of Oslo, Norway) focuses on environmental, social, occupational, and lifestyle factors influencing brain health. Lifebrain includes 13 partners integrating data from around 5200 European research participants collected in 11 European brain-imaging studies from 7 countries.

The University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry is an important contributor to the University’s Strategy for Neuroscience. Our core interest is in the mechanism of action of psychotropic drugs and psychotherapy, understood from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience. By harnessing cognitive neuroscience models, often based on brain imaging, we can provide surrogates for understanding mechanisms of psychiatric disease, individual differences, and how effective treatments really work. In the last Research Excellence Framework 2014 Oxford ranked top in the UK for the quality and impact of its psychiatry research.

Download the Programme here.

Further details about registration etc will be posted when available.