Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture and Conference 2018 – Focusing on Adolescent Mental Health


Event type National Conference

Royal College of Physicians London

Focusing on adolescent mental health

This event will SELL OUT and we urge you to secure your place to avoid disappointment.


The eagerly anticipated Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture and Conference returns in 2018 with a truly outstanding line-up of world renowned practitioners, clinicians and researchers in the field of adolescent mental health.

We are honoured to have Professor Sir Robin Murray deliver the Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture on the topic of adolescent drug use and its link to psychosis.

The Keynote Speech will be delivered by Professor Ian Goodyer, University of Cambridge, who will be speaking on the topic of neuroscientific approaches to the emergence of major depressions in adolescence.

Set in the stunning location of The Royal College of Physicians, in the heart of London, this one-day conference includes lectures and discussions on; adolescent drug use, depression, self-harm, school-based intervention trial evidence, and gender identity.


Speakers and their talks:

Professor Sir Robin Murray
Adolescent cannabis use and psychosis
“Irrespective of whether use of cannabis is decriminalized or legalized, the evidence that it is a component cause of psychosis is now sufficient for public health messages outlining the risk, especially of regular use of high-potency cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids.”

Professor Ian Goodyer
Neuroscientific approaches to the emergence of major depressions during adolescence

Professor Chris Bonell
The effects of Learning Together, a whole-school intervention to prevent bullying and aggression in English secondary schools
Chris will present preliminary results of the Learning Together intervention both in terms of its impacts on bullying, substance use behaviours and mental health outcomes as well as its likely transferability given findings from the process evaluation.

Dr Polly Carmichael
Gender Identity

Dr Dennis Ougrin
Adolescent self-harm: Long-term follow up of a Trial of Therapeutic Assessment in London (TOTAL)


Speaker Biographies:

Professor Sir Robin Murray
Robin Murray is Professor of Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College, and indeed has spent most of his working life there apart from one year at NIMH in the USA; fortunately the latter did him relatively little harm. His particular interest is in psychosis. He was one of the first to suggest that schizophrenia was in part a neurodevelopmental disorder, and he and his colleagues have contributed to the understanding that environmental factors such as obstetric events, drug abuse and social adversity dysregulate striatal dopamine and thus increase the risk of psychosis; he is currently most interested in gene-environmental interactions. He is also involved in testing new treatments for psychotic illnesses, and cares for people with psychosis at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He has written over 800 articles, not all of them boring!  He is the most frequently cited psychosis researcher outside the USA, has supervised 72 PhDs and 12 MD Theses, and 40 of his students have become full professors. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010 and received a knighthood in 2011.

Professor Ian Goodyer, OBE MA MD FRCPsych FMedSci
I am a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist based at Cambridge University pursuing research into the connections between human development and psychopathology. My studies are centred on adolescents in the community as well as current patients. Our research programme uses experimental and neuroimaging approaches embedded in longitudinal designs to measure the effects of genes and the social environment, on cognition and brain structures. We use these methods in epidemiological cohort studies of adolescent development and as a part of our randomised controlled trials of treatment for depression and conduct disorders.

Professor Chris Bonell
Chris Bonell is Professor of Public Health Sociology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, having previously been Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at University College London and Professor of Sociology and Social Intervention at the University of Oxford. His areas of interest include: the evaluation of complex social interventions; the use of realist approaches alongside randomised controlled trials; the assessment of intervention harms; synthesising diverse forms of evidence and theory; young people’s health; and the effects of the school environment on health. He is working on a number of intervention studies in secondary schools in the UK and elsewhere including: co-directing a trial of the Learning Together intervention to prevent bullying and aggression; directing a pilot trial of the Positive Choices intervention to promote sexual health; and co-directing a pilot trial of the Project Respect intervention to prevent dating and relationship violence.

Dr Dennis Ougrin
Dr Ougrin graduated from a medical school in Ukraine in 1998 and came to England to undertake his post-graduate training. He completed his higher training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Guy’s and Maudsley and is currently a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist leading Supported Discharge Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Ougrin is also a clinical senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Dr Ougrin leads a programme of information exchange between the UK and Ukraine. His main professional interests include prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder and effective interventions for self-harm. Dr Ougrin is the author of Therapeutic Assessment, a novel model of assessment for young people with self-harm. He is the chief investigator of a randomised controlled trial of Supported Discharge Service versus Treatment as Usual in adolescents admitted for in-patient care and a principal investigator of a randomised controlled trial comparing intensive mental health intervention versus usual social care in Looked After Children. Dr Ougrin also works on developing a modular psychotherapeutic intervention for self-harm and on understanding the pathophysiology of self-harm in young people.


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