Visiting Lecture Series

The CHeBA Visiting Lecture Series was launched in 2020, hosting some of the world's leading brain and ageing researchers in a series of interactive webinars open to the public. 

Previous Presentations

Upcoming Presentations

Stern VLS

Update on Cognitive Reserve

Professor Yaakov Stern | Columbia University | 26 May 2021 

Professor Stern will give a brief history of the concepts underlying reserve, including brain reserve, cognitive reserve and brain maintenance. The research approaches to understanding the neural basis of these concepts will be discussed. He will describe the progress of a program designed to come to consensus on operational definitions for terms related to reserve and resilience among human and animal researchers. Professor Stern will also share some new data exploring the neural implementation of cognitive reserve.


John O'Brien

Improving the Diagnosis and Management of Lewy Body dementia

Professor John O’Brien | University of Cambridge | 21 July 2021

Lewy body dementia, comprising both dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD), has an even worse outcome than other dementias in terms of functional decline, reduced quality of life and increased mortality. Despite revisions in diagnostic criteria and the availability of some diagnostic biomarkers, many cases remain misdiagnosed. There are some effective treatments for Lewy body dementia and its symptoms, but there is considerable heterogeneity in approaches to management. This lecture will update current thinking on how to improve both diagnosis and management, and describe results of a recent study which has developed new management guidelines to assist clinicians to optimise management of people who have  Lewy body dementia.


VLS Prof Gill Livingston

Preventing Dementia: What Should We Do?

Professor Gill Livingston | University College London | 25 August 2021

Professor Livingston will discuss the evidence that dementia is preventable, the potentially reversible risks with consistent, high-quality evidence and other factors with increasing evidence. She will talk about how risks differ between and within populations. She will discuss what we can do in terms of changes in policy and what action individuals can take.


Dilip Jeste

Wisdom, Ageing, and the Pandemics

Professor Dilip Jeste | University of California San Diego | 29 Septermber 2021 

Discussed in religions and philosophies for millennia, wisdom is a topic of growing empirical research since the 1970s. Wisdom is a complex personality trait with several specific components: empathy/compassion, emotional regulation, self-reflection, decisiveness amid uncertainty, and spirituality. Functional neuroimaging, neurochemical, neuropathological, and genetic studies point to a neurobiological basis for wisdom. Unlike IQ, components of wisdom are potentially modifiable and may increase with age and experience. Studies support a Grandmother Hypothesis of wisdom. Several randomized controlled trials of behavioral interventions have shown increases in emotional regulation, empathy/compassion, and spirituality with psychosocial interventions. In near future, neurobiological procedures such as targeted brain stimulation as well as neuro-psycho-tropic drugs may be developed to enhance components of wisdom. Technological innovations are also likely to shift artificial intelligence to artificial wisdom. Our studies have shown a strong inverse association between wisdom and loneliness. This suggests relevance of wisdom in the current era of behavioral pandemics of loneliness and associated suicides and opioid-related deaths. Enhancement of components of wisdom at individual and societal levels may help reduce loneliness-related mortality. Wisdom, through its association with well-being, happiness, and health is perhaps the best means of achieving successful ageing.


VLS Prof Anthony David

Functional Stroke: A New Challenge for Stroke Services and Neuropsychiatry

Professor Anthony David | University College London |  27 April 2022

Professor Anthony David is Professor of Mental Health and Director of the Institute of Mental Health since 2018, as well as Honorary Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at the National Hospital for Neurology, UCLH Foundation NHS Trust. He recently published “Into the Abyss: a neuropsychiatrist’s notes on troubled minds” (2020 Oneworld Publications). He qualified in medicine from Glasgow University and worked in medicine and neurology before training in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London. Prior to joining UCL, he was Vice Dean for Academic Psychiatry at KCL IoPPN (2013-18). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Experimental Psychology Society and a founder member of both the British Neuropsychological Society and British Neuropsychiatry Association. He has authored over 600 publications in peer reviewed medical and scientific journals.