2022 Academic Seminar Series

2022 Department of Psychiatry Academic Seminar Series

Prof. Chris Davey, Head of the Department of Psychiatry, is pleased to extend an invitation to our 2022 Academic Seminar Series.

Upcoming 2022 Seminars

Wednesday 25 May 2022

‘Therapeutic Brain Stimulation for Depression’

Dr Robin Cash

Dr Robin Cash

  • Title: Therapeutic Brain Stimulation for Depression’
  • Guest Presenter: Dr Robin Cash PhD
  • Topic: Dr Robin Cash is an ARC-funded Senior Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne. His research focusses on therapeutic brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression; in particular, how brain network architecture can be leveraged to inform and improve treatment outcomes. His research has highlighted the vast individual variation in brain network architecture, and provides a strong rationale for personalised brain stimulation. Dr Cash has developed novel connectivity-based methodology to enable personalised brain stimulation, which has seen clinical uptake across sites in North America, Europe, and Australasia. Separately, more than 10,000 patients in North America have benefitted from a substantially reduced treatment time and cost, enabled by a brain stimulation protocol he developed. This has made brain stimulation treatment more affordable for a substantial portion of patients in the USA without adequate insurance coverage. Together with collaborators, he has established the not-for-profit Queensland Neurostimulation Centre, which provides cutting-edge brain stimulation therapy for depression. Dr Cash is working to establish an integrated brain stimulation-neuroimaging platform at The University of Melbourne to facilitate clinical translation. His recent work in this area has been published in leading psychiatry journals, including JAMA Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry, with citation rates in the 99th percentile.
  • Date: Wednesday 25 May 2022
  • Time: 12pm-1pm (AEDT)
  • Venue: Room 306, Level 3, Alan Gilbert Building (5-min. walk from RMH); Take the elevator to Level 3
  • Zoom Link: Click here to join the webinar
  • Zoom ID: 885 8808 6306
  • Zoom Password: 299384
  • Join by Phone: +61 2 8015 2088
  • Enquiries: psychiatry-admin@unimelb.edu.au
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  • COVIDSafe: This seminar will follow appropriate COVIDSafe planning, details of which are available at this link
  • Video: Please check back week beginning Monday 30 May for the video recording of this session.

Previous 2022 Seminars

Wednesday 11 May 2022

‘Women's Mental Health: Where have we been? Where are we going?’

Prof. Jayashri Kulkarni

Prof. Jayashri Kulkarni

Wednesday 13 April 2022

‘The neurobiology of cognitive restructuring negative self-beliefs and its relevance to binge-eating behaviours’

Dr Trevor Steward

Dr Trevor Steward

  • Title:‘The neurobiology of cognitive restructuring negative self-beliefs and its relevance to binge-eating behaviours’
  • Guest Presenter: Dr Trevor Steward BSci(Psychology) MNeuro MDNeuro PhD
  • Topic: In this talk, Dr Stewardshared his extensive research experience regarding the neurobiology of negative self-beliefs, how negative self-beliefs are relevant to psychopathology, and details of exciting new projects examining the neural circuitry linked to binge-eating behaviours.
  • About: Dr Trevor Steward is a NHMRC/MRFF Emerging Leadership Fellow at The University of Melbourne in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. Trevor’s primary research interest focusses on using ultra high-field 7-Telsa MRI technology to understand how subcortical regions of the brain contribute to common symptoms found across psychiatric disorders. Although the majority of his research to date has examined the neuropsychopathology of eating disorders, he has also conducted studies on gambling disorder, PTSD, and obesity. Trevor’s aim is to leverage neuroimaging tools to inform brain-based treatments and to predict individual clinical outcomes. He is the co-author of over eighty publications, including in journals such as Molecular Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine.
  • Video: Please follow this link to view the recording of this session in OneDrive.

Wednesday 30 March 2022

‘The Markers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Study: A simple blood test to improve timely and accurate diagnosis of dementia (and other conditions of the mind and brain)?’

Dr Dhamidhu Eratne

Dr Eratne

  • Title: 'The Markers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Study: A simple blood test to improve timely and accurate diagnosis of dementia (and other conditions of the mind and brain)?'
  • Guest Presenter: Dr Dhamidhu Eratne BHB MBChB FRANZCP Cert. Consul. Liaison Psych
  • Topic: In this talk, Dr Eratne shared the challenges of getting an accurate diagnosis, and precision care and treatment, faced by many people with cognitive and psychiatric symptoms and disorders – such as younger onset dementia – with significant diagnostic delay, misdiagnosis, uncertainty, and negative outcomes, and the great need for simple, widely available tests. Dr Eratne presented findings from The Markers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Study (The MiND Study), with the ultimate aim of clinical translation, and the availability of a simple blood-screening test for neuronal injury, and other biomarkers, to dramatically improve diagnosis, care, treatment, and outcomes for patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms, their families, clinicians, clinical trials, and healthcare systems.
  • About: Dr Dhamidhu Eratne is a neuropsychiatrist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and an Honorary Fellow and current PhD candidate with the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Melbourne. His PhD and work as the Clinical Research Fellow on The Markers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Study (The MiND Study), collaborating with a large study group of national and international investigators, is investigating biomarkers and other markers in neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders, with the ultimate aim of clinical translation to improve diagnosis, care, and outcomes, for patients, their families, clinicians, and the healthcare system.
  • Video: Due to currently unreleased findings from Dr Eratne's research presented at this seminar, a recording is not available at this time.

Wednesday 16 March 2022

‘Psychotherapy Update: Meeting acute and complex needs in real-world settings’

Dr Paul Cammell

Dr Paul Cammell

  • Title: Psychotherapy Update: Meeting acute and complex needs in real-world settings
  • Guest Presenter: Dr Paul Cammell MA MBBS (Hons) FRANZCP PhD
  • Topic: In this talk, Dr Cammell discussed his experiences of applying psychotherapeutic approaches in his roles in the public and private sectors as a clinical lead in emergency mental-health and post-discharge services, a research lead for a state-wide personality disorder service, and as a private practitioner. Building on this, he described a range of contexts in which psychiatrists can provide expert psychotherapeutic leadership, and champion contemporary, evidence-based approaches, giving examples of roles, approaches, and professional-development opportunities. Dr Cammell discussed a range of models of psychotherapy, including brief, structured therapies and contemporary models of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He described how this is all increasingly important in meeting the mental-health needs of the Australian and New Zealand communities and, in particular, the needs of what has been termed the ‘missing middle’.
  • About: Dr Paul Cammell is currently the Chair of the Faculty of Psychotherapy (RANZCP), and the Victorian Director of Advanced Training in Psychotherapies. He is a senior psychiatrist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Head of the Psychotherapy Program at St Vincent's Health (Melbourne), a Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Melbourne, and a psychotherapist in private practice. He is also the Research Lead for the newly established Borderline Personality Disorder Centre of Excellence in South Australia. Dr Cammell has written numerous articles and the book, Reinterpreting the Borderline, about personality disorder, psychoanalytic theory, and philosophy. He also co-authored a book, The Therapeutic Encounter, written with Prof. Ross Kalucy, elaborating on psychodynamically-informed practice in everyday psychiatric clinical work.
  • Video: Please follow this link to view the recording of this session in OneDrive.

The Department of Psychiatry Academic Seminar Series is a joint presentation between the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, NorthWestern Mental Health, and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.