Lauri Nummenmaa, PhD

Associate professor in Modeling and medical image processing at Turku PET Centre and Department of Psychology, University of Turku, Finland.

I did my undergraduate studies majoring in psychology at University of Turku, Finland. I defended my PhD on neurocognitive mechanisms of social attention at University of Turku in 2006. After that, I worked as a post-doc at the MRC CBU in Cambridge, UK studying neural mechanisms of face perception in Andy Calder’s group. I returned to Finland in 2008, to work as Academy of Finland junior fellow and subsequently as senior fellow at Turku Pet Center and Aalto University. After a four-year appointment as Assistant professor in cognitive neuroscience at Aalto University, I returned to the University of Turku with my laboratory.

Currently I lead the Human Emotion Systems laboratory at Turku PET Centre and Department of Psychology, University of Turku. Our group studies functional and molecular neural mechanisms of human emotions and social interaction in complex, life-like settings with magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, magneto- and electroencephalography and behavioural techniques. I have written over 100 scientific articles on brain basis of emotions and social cognition, and acquired more than 4M€ grant money for our group. Currently our research is funded by the European Research Council, the Academy of Finland, The Sigrid Juselius Foundation and the Emil Aaltonen Foundation.

​Brendon Stubbs

Dr Brendon Stubbs is Head of Physiotherapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation trust and a Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London. Brendon's research focuses on physical activity and mental health and the mind-body interface.  Brendon has published over 500 academic papers and his research has been featured in the New York Times, TIME magazine, Forbes, CNN, Men's Health, BBC news, ITV news and Sky News (among others). Brendon is lead author of the recently published European Psychiatric Association guidelines and position statement on the use of exercise for mental illness and senior author on a forthcoming Lancet commission to improve the physical health of people with mental disorders.  Brendon was recently (2018) awarded the Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) senior investigator award for his research investigating physical activity and schizophrenia.  Brendon has worked in mental health services for over 15 years and continues to cherish and learn from patients in his weekly physiotherapy clinic in a secure forensic hospital.