The 2018 AS4SAN conference will take place in Brisbane at the Ship Inn on Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st of June 2018.

The provisional program for the 2018 conference is now available.

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Conference Registration has now closed.


Early bird registration has now closed

Standard conference registration is open until 12th June. 

Registration is $200 for students and $250 for non students. Please note that the registration cost includes morning tea and lunch on both days and a one year membership of the Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience (which normally costs $50).

The AS4SAN conference dinner will be held on the 20th of June (first evening of the conference) and costs an extra $50. Dinner will be held at Mado Turkish Restaurant. Please RSVP and pay for the conference dinner when registering.   

Membership includes voting rights at the annual general society meeting (held during the conference). For more information about the society rules click here. If you want to become a member of the society but can't attend the conference please go the membership registration page.

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Workshop Date: Tuesday 19th June

Workshop registration is now closed. 

8:00AM - 12:00PM Tuesday 19th of June

1. Cognition, Genes and Hormones - by Dr. Caroline Gurvich and Dr. Natalie Thomas

This workshop will provide an overview of how hormones produced by the two key neuroendocrine axes – the stress axis and the reproductive axis – influence cognitive function.  An overview of the literature will be presented with a focus on 1) the role of endogenous and exogenous sex hormones on cognitive functioning and 2) how early life trauma can trigger dysregulation of both neuroendocrine axes and contribute to cognitive dysfunction and adverse mental health outcomes. Recent evidence will also be presented to demonstrate how the type and developmental timing of trauma are particularly relevant in understanding how trauma contributes to the development of cognitive dysfunction.  The workshop will also cover practical aspects related to designing studies to measure early life trauma, recording information relevant to understanding reproductive hormones, neuropsychological functioning as well as collection, storage and analysis of saliva and blood for hormone and genetic data. 

1:00PM - 5:00PM Tuesday 19th of June

2. Using Brain Stimulation to Study the Human Brain - by Dr. Hannah Filmer

This workshop will give a basic background to the use of experimental approaches to studying the human brain. The main emphasis will be on brain stimulation techniques, namely transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial electrical stimulation. Discussion will include the mechanisms by which the cortex is modulated, considerations of safety, key factors important for experiment design, and examples of the types of questions that can be asked with these approaches.

Keynote presenters

Prof. Raymond Chan (Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) 
Dr. Dhanisha Jhaveri (Queensland Brain Institute)
Dr. Emma Burrows (Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health)
Dr. Christine Guo (QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute).

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Abstract submission is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract.