Explore the nexus of neuroscience and psychiatry

In the early 20th century, the Freud-inspired distinction between brain and mind generated two approaches to understanding the human brain: neuroscience and psychiatry. Recently, advances in medical research and scientific technologies have identified common features across neurological disorders that challenge Freud’s divide.
Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel leads a distinguished panel of neuroscientists, psychiatrists and biologists in unpacking the latest scientific approaches to understanding and treating brain disorders. They will also examine whether the science in this area is living up to its promise when it comes to improving human health.

Meet the UQ presenters:

Bruno van Swinderen

Bruno van Swinderen received a PhD in evolutionary biology from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. His postdoctoral work at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California led him to the scientific study of consciousness.Taking an evolutionary view, he developed novel paradigms to study perception in the smallest animal brains. His discoveries include uncovering neural correlates of sleep and selective attention in flies, as well as fundamental mechanisms of general anaesthesia.
In 2008, he moved to Australia to run a research lab in the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland. His lab uses flies and bees to understand how the brain is able to block or prioritise sensory stimuli, as happens during sleep and attention. He is particularly interested in how sleep and attention might have co-evolved to optimise behaviour, and is keen to promote research in simpler animal models to understand complex brain processes.

Linda Richards

Linda J. Richards, PhD, FAA, FAHMS is a Professor of Neuroscience and Deputy Director of the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland. She is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and current President of the Australasian Neuroscience Society and Chair of the Australian Brain Alliance. She is patron and scientific advisor of AusDoCC, the Australian Disorders of the Corpus Callosum support group.

Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Student: $10

About UQ at World Science Festival Brisbane

The University of Queensland is proud to partner with the Queensland Museum for the third World Science Festival Brisbane from 21-25 March 2018.

Held annually in New York since 2008 the World Science Festival is now one of the most celebrated science festivals in the world, and this year it's coming back to Brisbane!

The University of Queensland will showcase our expertise across all aspects of science through talks, panels and engaging science demonstrations during World Science Festival Brisbane.

Full program.


Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Concert Hall, QPAC