Healthcare Session Highlights

In our stream of Clinical Sessions, learn how neurodiversity arises in our genes and our brain cells, and consider what that means for diagnosis, health and daily life.

These are just some of the sessions we have in store. Join us for these inspiring sessions, packed with insights and innovative.


Transdiagnostic Research – Keynote

Tuesday 14th, March (p.m.)

Sue Gathercole (University of Cambridge) offers a hopeful look into the future and the role that transdiagnostic research can play in generating new knowledge about neurodiversity.

Processes in Denial of Care

Monday 13th, March (a.m.)

Bo Hejlskov (psychologist, and author at HELS, Birmingham City University) examines the reasons why care services sometimes fail to effectively look after the people who use those services in this pre-record “Big Talk”.

Healthy Brains 

Monday 13th, March (p.m.)

A session to examine the important role of shaping how our brain develops across childhood and in adulthood as well as how to work with acquired neurodivergence in the form of brain injury. Discover a new sense of what we might mean by a “healthy brain” and practical information you can deploy for yourself and for children.

David Williamson MD is based at Forensic Neuropsychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in the USA. This session will examine acquired neurodivergence, in the form of brain injury, and how neurodiversity as a concept can shape and be shaped by our understanding of brain injury. will review the history of neurodiversity including how early pioneers in the field identified different diagnostic groups, and today’s legacy of that early work.

Rachel V Gow is a Nutritionist and Child Neuro Psychologist at Kings College London and will be talking about “Smart food for ADHD and brain health

Neurodiversity & Quality of Life 

Monday 13th, March (a.m.)

Professor Sven Bolte (Director of the Centre of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm) explores how we can measure what “the good life” really means for very different kinds of people; discover how quality of life can be manifest in different ways for
different people, and practical information
about tools for measuring quality of life.

The Ever Changing Brain – Keynote

Tuesday 14th, March (a.m.)

Pierre Magistetti (EPFL University of Lausanne) reveals what is known about the brain after decades of relentless investigation, and how this incredible hardware nonetheless gives rise to such enormous diversity of experience.

A History of Neurodiversity

Monday, 13th March (p.m.)

Find out where the concepts of neurodiversity and neurodivergence originated and consider how those origins shape our knowledge today.  

Aileen Shrimpton (Salvesen Mindroom) will review the history of neurodiversity including how early pioneers in the field identified different diagnostic groups, and today’s legacy of that early work.

Kassiane Asasumasu (Foundation for Divergent Minds), the person who actually coined the word “neurodivergent”, examines how neurodivergence intersects with other aspects of a person’s identity, such as their gender, culture or ethnicity.   .

Routines for Happiness 

Monday, 13th March (a.m.)

Learn more about the daily lives of carers and the people they care for, and gain insight about how best to care for the carers 

Sleep Routines and Intellectual Disability: Dr Lindsey Mizen (Patrick Wild Centre University of Edinburgh) a consultant psychiatrist and clinical academic, with a learning disability specialism, will showcase cutting edge research and practice information about sleep routines for people with an intellectual disability.

A Day in the Life of an Autistic Parent and Carer: Adam Murphy (father and award-winning full-time carer and Twitter superstar) provides honest, rich and witty insights into daily life with an adult autistic son who needs plenty of care and supervision.