[CaBSSem] TODAY: CABS Seminar Friday Feb 1 3:30-5:00: Kristina Gicas (NEW ROOM: COR A229)

Clay Holroyd holroyd at uvic.ca
Fri Feb 1 09:10:44 PST 2019

A gentle reminder of today's seminar. Hope to see you there!

This Friday the Department of Psychology Cognition and Brain Sciences seminar features a talk by Dr. Kristina Gicas, of the BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Her talk is titled: "Profiling Brain-Behaviour Relationships in Comorbid Mental Illness and Addiction." This is a job talk for a position in the Department of Psychology. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION: COR A229.

"Homeless and vulnerably housed persons are among society’s most marginalized, and experience significant social and health inequities. High rates of co-occurring addiction, psychosis, traumatic brain injury, and viral infection among marginalized persons are apt to contribute to significant brain and cognitive dysfunction, as well as poor long-term functional outcomes. Multimorbidity is becoming an increasing clinical reality, but its impact on brain-behaviour relationships in this vulnerable and heterogeneous population has not been well investigated. This talk will address the neuropsychology of marginalized adults with multimorbid illness by characterizing their neurocognitive features and linking these to: i) risk factors for impairment; ii) markers of structural brain integrity; and iii) trajectories of functional change. Further, this talk will explore future directions for examining the synergistic effects of comorbid mental illness and addition on brain and neurocognition in vulnerable populations, and discuss new opportunities for understanding the role of cannabis use in this context. Ultimately, this work will highlight the unique role that neuropsychology can play in addressing the individual and public health consequences of marginalization."

Seminar to be held on Friday Feb 1, 3:30-5:00, in COR A229 (across the hall from our usual location). Everyone is welcome to attend.

The seminar schedule can be found here:

Clay Holroyd
Seminar Coordinator​


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