About this event

  • Date and time Tue 25 May 2021 from 5:55pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences

This is the first webinar in The Brain Series: Reading and writing, a new 2-part mini-series that highlights these everyday complex tasks with fascinating underlying neurological processing involving language, cognition, and motor skills.

Experts will explain how one learns these skills, and how they may be organised in the brain. We will explore the difficulties some children experience as they attempt to acquire these skills and the curious disorders that develop when they are affected by pathology.  

This webinar will examine 'writing' and how intricate the everyday tasks of writing is by exploring brain development, some pathologies that can affect our writing skills, and how we creatively use this skill in healthcare. 

Topics to be covered:

  • The development of writing in childhood 
  • How movement disorders impact cortical ability to write 
  • How Wikipedia works and how it is being developed to improve access to high-quality medical information internationally 
  • How we could all help to make healthcare information available including in non-English speaking low resource settings 

 

The Brain Series: Reading and writing  

Reading and writing are skills of key importance in the modern world. They are both complex tasks with fascinating underlying neurological processing involving language, cognition, and motor skills.  

These webinar lectures will look at how one learns these skills, and how they may be organised in the brain. We will explore the difficulties some children experience as they attempt to acquire them and the curious disorders that develop when they are affected by pathology.  

In the last session of each webinar, aspects of reading and writing impacts on medico-social issues will be explored. For reading, that will be by examining how teaching children to read their world critically leads to changes in health behaviours. And in writing, Wikipedia has produced an online community of writers and editors who can potentially impact international health inequalities, maybe you might join in? 

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Key speakers

Professor Anna Barnett

Professor of Psychology, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Professor Barnett will be giving a joint lecture with Dr Olivia Afonso on How We Learn to Write.

 

 

Speaker's biography

Anna Barnett is a Professor of Psychology based in the Centre for Psychological Research at Oxford Brookes University. She teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, primarily in the area of developmental psychology.

 

Anna's research interests lie in the general field of motor development. Within this area, she pursues two different strands of research. The first has very practical applications, involving the development of suitable tools to assess motor skill. This has involved the re-standardisation of a test of general motor competence (the Movement ABC-2) for children aged 3-16 years. She has also developed a test of handwriting speed (the DASH) for children aged 9-16 years, with an extension for students aged 17-25 years (DASH17+). The second strand of her research focuses on various aspects of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) - including diagnosis and assessment in children and adults with this condition and exploration of the genetic contribution to motor difficulties.

 

Anna also has a special interest in the teaching and learning of handwriting skill, as an important component of the broader skill of writing. Her work in this area includes surveys of policy and practice in primary schools and examinations of handwriting in individuals with developmental disorders such as DCD and dyslexia.

Dr Olivia Afonso

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Dr Afonso will be giving a joint lecture with Professor Barnett on How We Learn to Write.

Speaker's biography

Olivia Afonso is A Senior Lecturer in Psychology based in the Centre for Psychological Research at Oxford Brookes University. Her research interests concern language processing in general and the writing production process in particular.

 

In her investigations, she addresses the cognitive processes underlying typical and atypical spelling and handwriting in both children and adults. She is also interested in the differences between handwriting and typewriting from a cognitive and developmental perspective.

Her research is mainly based on the analysis of online measures of the written response, such as written latencies, writing durations, pen pressure and in-air pen duration and trajectory.

 

Olivia teaches research methods and cognitive aspects of spelling and handwriting development and writing difficulties at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Dr Anna Sadnicka

Chadburn Clinical Lecturer, St George's, University of London , UK. 

Anna will be giving a lecture on Unravelling Writer's Cramp

Speaker's biography

Anna is a clinical lecturer fascinated by the neural control of movement and how this is disturbed in movement disorders. In her talk, she will discuss writer’s cramp, an enigmatic disorder that results in an inability to write yet normal dexterous performance in other manual tasks. She will shed light on why the hand only malfunctions during the act of writing and discuss innovative methods that attempt to rewire the corrupted neuronal engrams within the brain.

Dr James Heilman

Emergency Physician, East Kootenay Regional Hospital, University of British Columbia and Wikipedian, Canada. 

James will be giving a lecture on Writing, Wikipedia and Healthcare in Resource Poor Settings.

Speaker's biography

James M. Heilman is a Canadian emergency physician, Wikipedian, and advocate for the improvement of Wikipedia's health-related content. He encourages other clinicians to contribute to the online encyclopedia.

 

With the Wikipedia username Doc James, Heilman has been a long term contributor to WikiProject Medicine and a volunteer Wikipedia administrator. He was the president of Wikimedia Canada between 2010 and 2013, and founded and was formerly the president of Wiki Project Med Foundation. He is also the founder of WikiProject Medicine's Medicine Translation Task Force. In June 2015, he was elected to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, a position which he held until he was removed on December 28, 2015. Heilman was re-elected to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees in May 2017.

 

Heilman is a clinical assistant professor at the department of emergency medicine at the University of British Columbia, and the former head of the department of emergency medicine at East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook, British Columbia, where he lives.

Agenda

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Welcome and introduction  

Dr Bridget MacDonald, President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

How we learn to write 

Professor Anna Barnett, Professor of Psychology and Dr Olivia Afonso, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Oxford Brookes University 

Unravelling writer's cramp  

Dr Anna Sadnicka, Chadburn Clinical Lecturer, St George's, University of London 

Writing, wikipedia and healthcare in resource poor settings 

Dr James Heilman, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia andWikipedian

Panel discussion
Close of meeting

Location

Online

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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Reading and writing are skills of key importance in the modern world. They are both complex tasks with fascinating underlying neurological processing involving language, cognition, and motor skills.  

These webinar lectures will look at how one learns these skills, and how they may be organised in the brain. We will explore the difficulties some children experience as they attempt to acquire them and the curious disorders that develop when they are affected by pathology.  

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