june, 2020

11jun9:00 am4:15 pm4th International ACE Centre Conference: Does genetics matter in mental health? How?


Event Details

What do we inherit from our parents? What about heritable problems, like Autism or ADHD? Can our family and school environment help? What about childhood trauma and abuse? Can we recover?

Our keynote speaker, Thomas Bourgeron, is one of world’s most prominent geneticists, talented at explaining genetics to nongeneticists.

Helen Minnis and Chris Gillberg will talk about their latest research at the interface of genetics and environment.

Clare Allely will talk about her fascinating work on the way Autism can create challenges in the criminal justice system.

After lunch, a panel of young people trained in debating will discuss the thorny topic of nature versus nurture.

To finish off the day, Helen Rodwell and Katie Hunt, authors of “An Introduction to Autism for Adoptive Families”, will talk about how neurodevelopmental problems and early trauma can interact in clinical work and family life – and discuss examples of how nature and nurture interact in the real world.

Conference pack – 11 June 2020


(Thursday) 9:00 am - 4:15 pm


Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre

Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre, 1345 Govan Road, GLASGOW, G51 4TF