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Science Week 2018: How can cognitive neuroscience build resilience in breast cancer patients?

Starts 21 June 2018 - 19:00
Finishes 21 June 2018 - 20:00
Venue Clore Lecture Theatre (B01), Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7JL
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Speaker: Professor Nazanin Derakhshan, Professor of Experimental Psychopathology and Director of BRiC Centre

Breast Cancer is the biggest malignancy among women worldwide. In the UK every 10 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer with increasing rates among younger women. With medical advances a significant proportion of women continue to live longer lives but the traumatic cost of diagnosis and harsh treatments leaves women cognitively impaired and emotionally vulnerable for years.

There is an urgent need to improve the quality of life of such women. Neuroscience tells us that the brain is plastic. Neural connections can be formed to promote better cognitive efficiency and psychological flexibility. Changes brought about by neuroplasticity show promise to improve cognitive and emotional well-being.

In this talk, I will discuss how the targeting and exercising of key brain functions can lower anxiety and distress in women with breast cancer and help improve their cognitive functioning and quality of life. I will discuss the promise of new cost effective interventions that can help pave the way towards the practice of resilience. I will conclude with a working model of ‘cognitive resilience’ in promoting emotional well-being in breast cancer.

This event is free and open to the public but you need to book your place through Eventbrite.

Science Week 2018 Programme

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