Keynote Speakers

Brain Adaptations

Liisa Galea, PhD
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Dr. Liisa Galea is the Treliving Chair in Women’s Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto after serving as a Professor at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia for 25 years. She leads the Women’s Health Research Cluster (>400 members worldwide). Dr. Galea is a world-renowned expert in sex hormone influences on brain and behaviour in both health and disease states, with a focus on stress-related psychiatric disorders and dementia. Liisa’s research goal is to improve brain health for all by examining the influence of sex and sex hormones in health and disease. She has won numerous awards, is chief editor of a top neuroendocrinology journal and is in the top 1% of cited researchers worldwide.

Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Disorders

Richard Bethlehem, PhD
University of Cambridge

Richard is an Assistant Professor in Neuroinformatics in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge and the director of neuroimaging at the Autism Research Centre. His work focuses on understanding lifespan changes in brain development and ageing from big data neuroimaging. In addition, his group develops tools to integrate large scale neuroimaging data with genetics and transcriptomics in an effort to better understand the biological mechanisms driving brain maturation. He maintains close collaborations with the BCG and Gandal labs at UPENN, the MICA lab at the MNI and the Cognitive Neurogenetics group at the MPI.

Cell Populations

Mark Cembrowski, PhD
University of British Columbia

Mark is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and an Investigator with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. His laboratory, opened in 2019, combines a variety of experimental and computational techniques to study the role of cell types in memory and cognition. Prior to his position at UBC, Mark worked as a postdoctoral scientist in the laboratory of Nelson Spruston at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus. Mark received his MS (2008) and PhD (2011) in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University.

Translational Research

Gemma Modinos, PhD
King’s College London

Dr. Modinos is Reader in Neuroscience & Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London (UK). She completed a BSc in Psychology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MSc in Applied Neurosciences at the University of Barcelona (Spain). She then moved to The Netherlands to complete a PhD in Neuroscience (Cum Laude) at the University of Groningen. In 2010, she joined the IoPPN as a post-doc, where she started her own lab in 2017. Modinos lab combines multi-scale approaches to investigate the role of the neural mechanisms involved in emotional behaviour in the development of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, and whether targeting these mechanisms can help design new therapeutic strategies. Gemma is also Outgoing Chair of the Young Academy of Europe, a pan-European network of ~300 excellent young scholars for scientific exchange, science advice and policy.