About this event

  • Date and time Thu 6 Dec 2018 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences

This symposium will see key speakers consider art, literature, and music in relation to clinical science and clinical practice.

Key speakers

Professor Hurlbert

Professor Anya Hurlbert

Director of the Centre for Translational Systems Neuroscience and Dean of Advancement, Newcastle University.

Speaker's biography

Professor Hurlbert is Professor of Visual Neuroscience, Director of the Centre for Translational Systems Neuroscience and Dean of Advancement at Newcastle University, where she co-founded and directed the Institute of Neuroscience.

She trained as a physicist, physiologist, neuroscientist and physician, at Princeton, Harvard, MIT and Cambridge. Professor Hurlbert’s research focuses on human vision; she lectures widely on colour perception and art, and has devised and co-curated several science-based art exhibitions, including an interactive installation in the 2014 exhibition Making Colour at the National Gallery, where she was Scientist Trustee.

Dr Bell

Dr David Bell

Consultant Psychiatrist, Adult Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. 

Speaker's biography

Dr David Bell is a past president of  the British Psychoanalytic Society. He is currently a consultant psychiatrist in the Adult Department of the Tavistock and Portman where he directs a specialist unit for serious/enduring complex disorders.

Dr. Bell lectures and publishes widely on various subjects including the historical development of psychoanalytic concepts , the  psychoanalytic understanding of severe disorder such as   psychosis and borderline states.  

Throughout his professional career he has been deeply involved in the relation between psychoanalysis and other disciplines, such as; literature, philosophy, culture and socio-political issues  and has published extensively  in these areas. Dr Bell is one of the UK's leading psychiatric experts in asylum and human rights .  

Professor Loveday

Professor Catherine Loveday

Cognitive Neuropsychologist, University of Westminster

Speaker's biography

Professor Loveday has a specific focus on the nature of normal and impaired memory, in particular autobiographical memory. Her particular area of expertise lies in cognitive assessment and the use of cognitive profiling for the diagnosis and clinical management of hydrocephalus, Anorexia Nervosa, traumatic brain injury and dementia.

Professor Loveday has published papers across an eclectic range of other topics including the relationship between stress hormones and attachment in adolescence as well as the psychology of music.

Catherine is an active member of the BPS, as Deputy Chair to the Standing Conference Committee, a member of the editorial committee for The Psychologist and a member of the Research Board. She has a passion for public engagement with science, is regularly invited to give public lectures and has appeared as an expert psychologist in a number of television and radio programmes.

Professor Warren

Professor Jason Warren

Consultant Neurologist, Institute of Neurology, University College London 

Speaker's biography

Professor Warren trained in neurology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the National Hospital, Queen Square (FRACP 2000) and subsequently completed a PhD in the functional imaging of the human auditory brain at the Wellcome Department of Cognitive Neurology (2005).

Professor Warren's research group uses complex sound as a paradigm to understand disordered information processing in neurodegenerative disease. Special interests include the progressive aphasias, auditory cognition in dementia and functional imaging of neurodegenerative diseases.



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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

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

Vision science and art: Creative complementarities

Professor Anya Hurlbert, Professor of Visual Neuroscience, Newcastle University

Psychoanalysis and literature: Reflections on Hamlet

Dr David Bell, Consultant Psychiatrist, Adult Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Music, memory and identity

Professor Catherine Loveday, Principal Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Westminster

Music and dementia

Professor Jason Warren, Professor of Neurology, Dementia Research Centre, University College London Institute of Neurology

Panel discussion
Close of meeting


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