Webinar

RANZCP Foundation 2024 Masterclass

Cognition across the lifespan

Date

27 July 2024
9 am – 12 pm (AEST)

Organised by

RANZCP Foundation

Delivery

Online

Unlock the secrets of cognitive development across the lifespan in our upcoming Masterclass! Join experts Associate Professor Soumya Basu, Professor Richard Porter, and Professor Peter Nestor as they explore the fascinating journey from infancy to old age. This Masterclass will be facilitated by Associate Professor Nicola Warren. 

Infants to Adolescents | Associate Professor Soumya Basu: Associate Professor Basu will discuss the transformation of cognitive development from infancy to late adolescence. Within this period of time, the cognitive development transforms arguably the most vulnerable creature in the world to the most intelligent. This fascinating growth happens as the environment interacts with an innate biological capability.  When it does not happen on predictable lines, there are possible presentations of neurodevelopmental disorders. The influence of exposure to early traumatic experiences can influence cognitive development. Often these interactions are bidirectional. The normal cognitive development, the disorders of cognitive development in children, the psychiatric disorders and the environmental factors that may influence cognitive development will be discussed in this talk.

Adults | Professor Richard Porter: Professor Porter will explore cognition from the end of adolescence to the onset of older age. While cognition is relatively set by the end of adolescence, there are some subtle changes over time. Furthermore, there are mental health conditions which affect cognition – with the onset of psychotic illness having particularly profound effects, while depression is the commonest cause of cognitive difficulties. Menopause is a further factor affecting cognition in this age range. The presentation will focus on the clinical issues of assessing and helping those with cognitive difficulties, particularly related to mood disorders.

Older Adults | Professor Peter Nestor: Professor Nestor will discuss cognitive changes in healthy ageing, noting declines in processing speed but preservation of semantic knowledge. In healthy old age, certain cognitive faculties show decline but not all. Processing speed, including for decision making, abstract problem solving and lexical retrieval show decline whereas semantic knowledge including facts and vocabulary are preserved, and can even continue to accrue with age. The former functions that decline are sometimes referred to as fluid intelligence; the latter as crystalised intelligence. 

Unfortunately, however, the most striking cognitive feature in old age is the extremely high prevalence of degenerative dementia. The cognitive signature of pathological decline, varies according to underlying disease and brain regions affected. Nonetheless, the commonest cognitive deficit in pathological ageing is episodic memory impairment.

Registration

Registration includes access to the live masterclass on 27 July and the recording. The masterclass will also be available for on-demand viewing from August 2024.

Your registration will be donated to the RANZCP Foundation – the College charity translating donations into world-class psychiatric research, clinical work, meaningful initiatives, and innovative projects that improve the mental health and wellbeing of communities. To find out about the RANZCP Foundation and its work, please visit the Foundation website.

Member TypePrice
RANZCP Fellows and Affiliate Members$195
RANZCP Trainees$160

Presenters

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Associate Professor Soumya Basu

Associate Professor Soumya Basu is a child and adolescent Psychiatrist. He has trained in both India and Australia and has more than 20 years of experience in psychiatry.

After doing a Diploma in Psychological Medicine (DPM) and MD in Psychiatry in India, he came to Australia and gained his Fellowship with RANZCP and is a member of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent. Dr Basu is a Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Psychological Medicine at Monash University and is the coordinator of the child and adolescent post graduate training program. He has research interests in children of parents with mental illness, early intervention, developmental trauma and developmental disabilities including Autism, early psychosis and transcultural psychiatry. He has more than 40 research publications in peer reviewed journals. Several of his research papers have been presented in National and International conferences.

He is a consultant Child and Adolescent psychiatrist for the Early in Life Mental health services with Monash health, Melbourne. He is consultant in-charge of the Neurodevelopmental assessment unit and the Chair of Monash Neuro-Developmental Interdisciplinary Research. He is also the Director of Child Psychiatry of Victorian Institute of Mental Health, where he leads a multi-disciplinary team.

Associate Professor Soumya Basu is a child and adolescent Psychiatrist. He has trained in both India and Australia and has more than 20 years of experience in psychiatry.

After doing a Diploma in Psychological Medicine (DPM) and MD in Psychiatry in India, he came to Australia and gained his Fellowship with RANZCP and is a member of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent. Dr Basu is a Clinical Associate Professor for the Department of Psychological Medicine at Monash University and is the coordinator of the child and adolescent post graduate training program. He has research interests in children of parents with mental illness, early intervention, developmental trauma and developmental disabilities including Autism, early psychosis and transcultural psychiatry. He has more than 40 research publications in peer reviewed journals. Several of his research papers have been presented in National and International conferences.

He is a consultant Child and Adolescent psychiatrist for the Early in Life Mental health services with Monash health, Melbourne. He is consultant in-charge of the Neurodevelopmental assessment unit and the Chair of Monash Neuro-Developmental Interdisciplinary Research. He is also the Director of Child Psychiatry of Victorian Institute of Mental Health, where he leads a multi-disciplinary team.

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Professor Peter Nestor

Professor Peter Nestor is conjoint Professor of neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, and the Mater Hospital. He specialises in cognitive neurology, particularly focusing on early-stage Alzheimer's disease, atypical dementias such as primary progressive aphasias, and those related to Parkinson's and Lewy body diseases.

His work aims to inform differential diagnosis among neurodegenerative diseases, employing neuropsychological tests and multi-modal imaging techniques with MRI and PET. His research also investigates also aims to improve understanding of disease evolution, identifying biomarkers, and pioneering MR imaging techniques for more precise pathological diagnoses.

Professor Peter Nestor is conjoint Professor of neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, and the Mater Hospital. He specialises in cognitive neurology, particularly focusing on early-stage Alzheimer's disease, atypical dementias such as primary progressive aphasias, and those related to Parkinson's and Lewy body diseases.

His work aims to inform differential diagnosis among neurodegenerative diseases, employing neuropsychological tests and multi-modal imaging techniques with MRI and PET. His research also investigates also aims to improve understanding of disease evolution, identifying biomarkers, and pioneering MR imaging techniques for more precise pathological diagnoses.

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Professor Richard Porter

Richard Porter is Professor and head of the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch and a Consultant Psychiatrist in a service for adults with intellectual disability. He trained in psychiatry in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne where his clinical training focussed on the treatment of resistant mood disorders.

Recently his research has focused on psychological and chronobiological treatments for mood disorders and treatments for neuropsychological impairment in depression and bipolar disorder. Events in Christchurch have also led to an interest in PTSD and the mental health effects of natural disasters and terrorism. He has published over 250 scientific papers. He is an author of the 2020 RANZCP Mood Disorder Guidelines and Deputy Editor of British Journal of Psychiatry Open.

Richard Porter is Professor and head of the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch and a Consultant Psychiatrist in a service for adults with intellectual disability. He trained in psychiatry in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne where his clinical training focussed on the treatment of resistant mood disorders.

Recently his research has focused on psychological and chronobiological treatments for mood disorders and treatments for neuropsychological impairment in depression and bipolar disorder. Events in Christchurch have also led to an interest in PTSD and the mental health effects of natural disasters and terrorism. He has published over 250 scientific papers. He is an author of the 2020 RANZCP Mood Disorder Guidelines and Deputy Editor of British Journal of Psychiatry Open.

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Associate Professor Nicola Warren

Associate Professor Nicola Warren is a neuropsychiatrist, Queensland Director of Psychiatry Training, and the Mental Health Course Coordinator for the University of Queensland. She is the chair of the RANZCP Committee for Research and proud to be a member of the RANZCP Foundation Committee.
 

Associate Professor Nicola Warren is a neuropsychiatrist, Queensland Director of Psychiatry Training, and the Mental Health Course Coordinator for the University of Queensland. She is the chair of the RANZCP Committee for Research and proud to be a member of the RANZCP Foundation Committee.
 

CPD Hours

This Masterclass will give you 3 CPD hours.

The College is progressively automating the recording of attendance into MyCPD for College events such as webinars and Branch CPD events during 2024, including automatic tagging with the new CAPE domain labelling system

In this Masterclass, attendance will be recorded for those who registered. This will allow our staff to upload your attendance to MyCPD as a draft activity. Please be aware that instead of receiving a certificate of attendance, you'll need to log in to your MyCPD account to complete a reflection and submit your draft activity. 

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Will this Masterclass be recorded?

Yes, this Masterclass will be recorded for future viewing. Registered attendees will receive an email notification once the recording is available. The masterclass will also be available for on-demand viewing from August 2024.

Delegate cancellation

To cancel your registration, please email foundation@ranzcp.org. Refunds are provided in accordance with the RANZCP refund policy.

Event cancellation

RANZCP reserve the right to cancel, change or postpone the event. Delegates will be notified of appropriate alternatives.

Disclaimer

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