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Clinician Programme

At Aware, we believe that those with depression and bipolar disorder, their families and loved ones have much to hope for the future. With advancement in social understanding of their experiences and ever more advanced means of treatment and intervention, we have come a great distance in recent decades. But we have further yet to travel.
Aware’s 2019 Conference focuses on bringing together healthcare professionals to look to “The Future of Depression & Bipolar Disorder”, concentrating on novel approaches, further developments in existing therapies and additional means of understanding depression and bipolar disorder.
The conference aims to provide attendees with an updated scientific and clinical knowledge regarding how therapeutic development, technology and novel pharmacological and psychological therapies will push the frontiers of clinical practice, both now and in the years to come.
This conference has been approved for CPD points from the following professional bodies:
  • College of Psychiatrists (2.5 points)

  • Psychological Society of Ireland (4 points)

  • Irish College of General Practitioners (3 points)

  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (2.5 CEUs)

  • Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (4 points)


O'Reilly Hall
08:45 - 09:20
09.30 - 10.15
Opening Plenary
09.30 - 09.40
Dominic Layden, Aware Chief Executive
09.40 - 10.15
Living life to the full across the lifespan
Professor Chris Williams, Emeritus Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry, University of Glasgow
Icon Theatre, Science Gallery
10.15 - 11.30
Session 1: Pixels, proteins & the psyche - what does the future hold for mental health?
10.15 - 10.35
What is the future for mental  health with advances in technology?
Dr Derek Richards, Chief Science Officer, SilverCloud Health
10.35 - 10.55
What's next in treatment of depression?
Tine Bryan Stensbol, Senior Vice President in Research & Development, Lundbeck Global
10.55 - 11.15
Emerging roles of the gut-brain axis & psychobiotics in depression
Dr Olivia O'Leary, Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, UCC
11.15 - 11.30
Panel Q&A
Featuring Session 1 Speakers
Science Gallery Lobby
11:30 - 11:45
Coffee Break
11.45 - 13.00
Session 2: From nursery to nursing home & in-between: mental health through the ages
(choose 1 option)
Option 1
Perinatal, childhood & adolescence
Icon Theatre, Science Gallery
11.45 - 12.05
Managing depression & bipolar disorder in pregnancy & the postpartum period
Prof John Sheehan, Assoc. Clinical Professor, UCD, Consultant in Liaison & Perinatal Psychiatry
12.05 - 12.25
The impact of a parent's mental health
on children & adolescents
Joanna Fortune, Clinical Psychotherapist, Solamh
12.25 - 12.40
Personal Experience
Sinéad Keating
12.40 - 13.00
Panel Q&A
Featuring Option 1 speakers
Option 2
Adult & older adult
Intel Theatre, Science Gallery
11.45 - 12.05
Can big data yield insights for depression?
Dr Claire Gillan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, TCD
12.05 - 12.25
Measures to prevent suicide in clinical & community healthcare settings
Dr Justin Brophy, Consultant Psychiatrist, Chair of the Forum of the Irish Postgraduate Training Bodies
12.25 - 12.45
Why do clinicians struggle to diagnose late life depression?
Dr Declan Lyons, Consultant Psychiatrist, St Patrick's Mental Health Services
12.45 - 13.00
Panel Q&A
Featuring Option 2 speakers
End of Conference