As a part of the BrainCanDo programme, Queen Anne’s School have been doing some research into biological rhythms and sleep. All that we have learned suggests that the way the school day is currently organised runs counter to the biological rhythms governing our teenagers. For one week only, from Monday 18 June until Friday 22 June, the […]
Sleep and the Teenage Brain – Thursday 21 June 2018
We are delighted to announce this symposium will be led by Dr. Nicola Barclay, PhD, who is Departmental Lecturer in Sleep Medicine at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, University of Oxford and Dr Fran Knight, currently teaching and researching at University College London’s Institute of Education (UCL IoE).
Dr. Nicola Barclay, PhD, is Departmental Lecturer in Sleep Medicine at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, University of Oxford. Nicola is involved in the development and delivery of the Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine. Prior to this appointment, Nicola was Associate Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Having completed her PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011, Nicola specialises in the genetic and neurobiological basis of sleep and circadian rhythms, with particular interests in insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and physiological and behavioural effects of sleep deprivation. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and contributed to a number of handbooks on sleep since 2009.
Currently teaching and researching at University College London’s Institute of Education (UCL IoE), Dr Fran Knight is focused on assessing healthy and unhealthy sleep profiles in children and adolescents, with a focus on the contributors to, and consequences of such profiles. Fran is also interested in sleep disturbances in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and their negative effect on attention and behaviour function. Fran uses a range of behavioural, physiological and most recently virtual reality software to investigate sleep and sleep disturbances in a range of developmental populations. A key motivation for my interest in the field of sleep is its central, but often overlooked, significance to modern-day lifestyles, as well as its potential as a means of effective intervention in typically developing and ADHD populations alike.
Autism: Window on the Musical Mind – Wednesday 28 February 2018
We are delighted to announce this symposium will be led by Professor Adam Ockelford and Derek Paravicini.
This lecture-recital, in the form of an extended TED talk, will examine the impact of autism on musical development, and consider what exceptionality can tell us about the everyday musical experiences that we all share. It offers a rare opportunity to for audience members to interact with Derek Paravicini, the world-renowned musical savant.
Born prematurely at just 25 weeks, Derek Paravicini has suffered from blindess, learning impairment and severe autism for his entire life. Despite his impairment, Derek has the unique gift of perfect pitch, and is able to play any piece of music after hearing it only once.
In 2010, Derek was featured on Stan Lee’s “Superhumans”, whereupon tests verified his musical ability and confirmed his savantism. He began playing the piano at two, and subsequently attended the Linden Lodge School for the Blind in London. He met a piano instructor, Adam Ockelford, on his first visit to the school; recognising his genius, Adam began to teach him. Derek gave his first concert in South London aged seven.
Professor Adam Ockelford has a background as a composer, performer, teacher and researcher. Adam is a Professor of Music at the University of Roehampton, the Chair of Soundabout, a charity supporting music provision for young people and founder of the AMBER Trust, supporting visually impaired children in their pursuit of music.
Wobbles, Warbles and Fish – the neural basis of Dyslexia
Queen Anne’s School hosted the first BrainCanDo Dyslexia Symposium led by John Stein, emeritus Professor of Neuroscience, Dept. Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.
In theory ‘retired’ he still teaches neuroscience to medical and psychology students and his research still focuses on the role of vision and nutrition in the control of movement and behaviour in neurological patients, dyslexics and young offenders.
John doesn’t cook fish; his brother TV fish chef, Rick Stein, doesn’t do neuroscience!