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.


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Upcoming Presentations

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.


Professor Rajesh Kalaria

Post-Stroke Dementia
Professor Rajesh Kalaria | Newcastle University | 16 November 2021

Dementia develops in 30% of elderly people who survive after stroke. Various brain structure changes associated with neurodegenerative dementias such as total cerebral volume, medial temporal lobe atrophy and cortical thinning, also relate to cognitive dysfunction in cerebrovascular disease. I will provide selected updates on the clinicopathological aspects of the primarily MRC funded Cognitive Function after Stroke (CogFAST) study, which began some 20 years ago. In this largest study of its kind, we demonstrate the association of coronary artery stenosis with stroke injury and suggest that coronary artery diseease also enhances SVD type of pathology contributing to development of dementia in post-stroke survivors.  
Our work is supported by the Medical Research Council (UK), the Dunhill Medical Trust (UK), the Royal Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) and Alzheimer’s Society (AS), UK.


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.