About this event

  • Date and time Thu 11 Oct 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:40pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences

In his presidential address, Professor Kopelman will discuss the issues involved in presenting clinical neuroscience in criminal and appeal courts and medico-legal cases, and some of the theoretical issues and controversies that arise.

Topics include:

  • The notion of automatism, and what light the science of ‘agency’ might (or might not) shed
  • Amnesia for offences, and the issues that arise
  • False memories in the law, particularly with respect to false confessions
  • The impact of brain pathology upon medico-legal issues, such as fitness to plead and criminal responsibility

Key speakers

Professor Michael Kopelman

President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Speaker's biography

Michael Kopelman is Professor of Neuropsychiatry at King’s College London. He has also made important contributions to the study of anterograde amnesia and relating the nature of the underlying brain damage to its neuropsychological consequences. Professor Kopelman has been an expert witness in many high profile and controversial cases involving neuropsychiatric disorders.

Professor Angela Vincent

Emeritus Professor of Neuroimmunology, University of Oxford

Speaker's biography

Professor Angela Vincent is an Emeritus Professor of Neuroimmunology at the University  of Oxford, and an Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College.  Professor Vincent holds an Honorary Consultant position in Immunology, and run the Clinical Neuroimmunology service which is an international referral centre for the measurement of antibodies in neurological diseases. Professor Vincent became FRS following her outstanding and pioneering work on neurological autoantibody disorders.

Professor Peter Hutchinson

Immediate Past President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Agenda

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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Professor Peter Hutchinson, Immediate Past President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Presidential Address

Neuroscience, memory, and the law

Professor Michael Kopelman, President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Questions and answers

Hughlings Jackson Lecture

Introduction

Professor Michael Kopelman, President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Antibodies behaving badly – lessons from 40 years of research

Professor Angela Vincent, Emeritus Professor of Neuroimmunology, University of Oxford

Questions and answers
Close of meeting and drinks reception

Location

Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St,, Marylebone, London, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom