About this event

  • Date and time Tue 1 Feb 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:45pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences

In this webinar, we look at the clinical spectrum of functional and interoceptive disorders and how to approach them in practice. 

Experts in this area Professor Hugo Critchley, Chair of Psychiatry, University of Sussex, UK, and Professor Mark Edwards, Eleanor Peel Professor of Neurology, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK, will discuss the cerebral mechanisms for interoceptive representation and control which offer fresh insight into clinical conditions affecting mental and physical health. These include states of aberrant arousal (e.g. anxiety and panic), motivational perturbation (in eating disorders) and disorders that bridge medical domains, including stress-sensitive medical conditions such as chronic pain/fatigue, and functional neurological symptoms. 

Functional neurological disorders (FND) are considered to represent 30% of presentations, and yet most neurologists and those dealing with musculoskeletal disorders find great difficulty in approaching them, classifying them, and more importantly discussing them with patientsDisorders of interoception represent an important overlap with FND, and also with mental disorders and pain syndromes

This webinar will attempt to disentangle these very challenging areas of medical practice. 

During this webinar you will develop: 

  • A greater appreciation of the role of interoception and hypervigilance in the generation and modulation of neurological symptoms
  • A practical framework for classifying the disorders of interoception
  • A better understanding of the relationships between interoceptive disorders and functional neurological disease

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Key speakers

Professor Hugo Critchley

Chair of Psychiatry, University of Sussex

Speaker's biography

Hugo Critchley is the Professor of Psychiatry at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and head of the BSMS Department of Neuroscience. Since 2010, he has co-directed the University of Sussex Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science with Prof Anil Seth. Hugo’s research focuses on body-brain interaction in health and across psychiatric disorders. Clinically, Hugo is a neuropsychiatrist and works within a clinical service for adults with neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism, ADHD and tic disorders.


Hugo trained in Physiology and Medicine at the University of Liverpool before completing a Doctorate in Psychological Studies at the University of Oxford. He combined research with psychiatry/neuropsychiatry training at the KCL Institute of Psychiatry then through fellowships held at the UCL Institute of Neurology, where he developed expertise in neuroimaging and clinical autonomic science. Hugo moved from to Sussex as (foundation) Professor of Psychiatry at BSMS in 2006.

Follow Hugo on Twitter:  @CritchleyHugo

Mark Edwards (1)

Professor Mark Edwards

Eleanor Peel Professor of Neurology, St George's University Hospital, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Professor Edwards is Professor of Neurology at St George’s University of London and The Atkinson Morley Regional Neuroscience Service at St George’s University Hospital. He has a specialist clinical and research interest in Movement Disorders and Functional Neurological Disorder (FND).


He did his PhD with Professor John Rothwell and Professor Kailash Bhatia at the UCL Institute of Neurology, studying the pathophysiology of genetic dystonia. During this period he was involved with the development of a novel and now a widely used technique for transcranial magnetic stimulation: theta burst stimulation. Following completion of neurology training, he became a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at UCL and the National Hospital for Neurology. Here he developed an NIHR funded research program and specialist diagnostic and treatment service for patients with FND. After moving to St George’s in 2015 he expanded this work to develop one of the first integrated diagnostic and treatment services for FND alongside continued research work into the pathophysiology of the disorder and development and testing of novel treatments, including the first randomised trial of specialist physiotherapy for functional movement disorders. He is also an active part of the specialist movement disorders and deep brain stimulation team at the Atkinson Morley Regional Neuroscience Centre and continues electrophysiological and psychophysical research work into the pathophysiology and treatment of movement disorders in general.


He has published over 300 peer-reviewed publications and is the author of the Oxford Specialist Handbook of Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders. He is President of the Association of British Neurology Movement Disorders Group, International Executive Committee member of the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Society, Board and Founding Member of the Functional Neurological Disorder Society, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Neurology, and medical advisor for FNDHope, the UK Dystonia Society and the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Alistair Purves, President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Biba Stanton, Consultant Neurologist, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Disorders of interoception

Professor Hugo Critchley, Chair of Psychiatry, University of Sussex

Functional neurological disorders

Professor Mark Edwards, Eleanor Peel Professor of Neurology, St George's University Hospital, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Questions and answers

Dr Biba Stanton

Close of the meeting



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

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