Camilla Nord | The Balanced Brain

Thu 18 Apr 2024 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Camilla Nord
Camilla Nord - The Balanced Brain
Sophie McBain

Join Cambridge neuroscientist Camilla Nord as she provides a new perspective on mental health, correcting the common misperception that mental health is all in the mind and that physical pain is located in the body. Her groundbreaking work reframes mental health as a balancing act by the brain, introducing knowledge, tools, and questions to help us achieve balanced brains.   

In conversation with the New Statesman’s Sophie McBain 

 

Venue: Old Divinity School

Duration: 1 hour

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Author biography

Camilla Nord’s work is recognised internationally: in 2022, she was named a Rising Star by the US Association for Psychological Science, and received the Young Investigator Award from the European Society for Affective and Cognitive Science. She did her undergraduate work at Oxford, a PhD at UCL and now runs her own lab in Cambridge at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit Her work is bringing a totally new perspective to the future of mental health—where it comes from, and what might improve it—and why things work, when they do work.   

She is known for using biological approaches to understand and improve psychological therapy, bridging a gap that is still quite large between neuroscience and clinical psychology. She also trained in a nascent field called ‘computational psychiatry’, which involves using mathematical models to decompose the specific mechanisms involved in mental health disorders. Her publications have caught the attention of the field, the media and the wider public: for example, when she found that signals from the stomach contributed to our avoidance of disgusting things.  

 Earlier this year Nord was the recipient of two large funding awards: a Wellcome Career Development Award (£1.5 million), and a Wellcome Mental Health Award (£4.2 million), the latter jointly with Sarah Garfinkel whose work she describes in the book. Together, this will fund her lab to pursue totally new ways to understand mental health and its overlap with physical health.  

Chair Biography

Sophie McBain is a contributing writer at New Statesman magazine and writes on psychology, society and the science of us.