Brain development from conception to adulthood

Clinical Neuropsychology Programme November 2nd 2015

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2nd November
Morning session – 9am to 12noon

Brain development from conception to adulthood

This section will include the development of neuropsychological functions from conception to adulthood. Topics will include (1) The interrelationship between neuronal pruning, neuroplasticity and biochemistry, (2) How these neurological processes interface with psychological, social and, interpersonal factors on the developing brain, (3) How these variables in turn influence the development of cognitions, emotions, behaviour and personality and (4) The emergence of certain diseases such as epilepsy and specific developmental disorders in this developmental journey.

Dr. Simone Carton is the Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist and Head of the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH), Ireland. Following graduation in Clinical Psychology from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 1993, she completed specialist training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the Institute of Psychiatry, the Institute of Neurology London and the University of Surrey, UK.

Since 1995, Dr. Carton has worked primarily with patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) at the NRH. She has a particular interest in neurobehavioural changes associated with neurological changes and the implications these can have for the patient and their families.

Dr. Carton is a Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Neuropsychology on the Doctoral Programme at TCD and at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and University of Limerick. She is currently engaged in research in collaboration with TCD, National University Ireland Maynooth and the John Hopkins School of Medicine, USA.