Workshop 1:

Cognition, genes, and hormones - by Dr. Caroline Gurvich and Dr. Natalie Thomas

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

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. 

Workshop 2

Using brain stimulation to study the human brain - by Dr. Hannah Filmer

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

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.