Glenn Nielsen, PhD    
Physiotherapy for Functional Motor Disorder


Senior Lecturer in Neurological Physiotherapy St George's, University of London - gnielsen@sgul.ac.uk

Glenn Nielsen is a clinical academic neurophysiotherapist at St George’s University of London and St George’s University Hospital, where he leads a specialist NHS physiotherapy service for functional motor disorder. He began his career in Australia before moving to London and starting work at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in 2007. He was awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship in 2014 and while working at the National Hospital he completed his PhD at the UCL Institute of Neurology on the topic of physiotherapy for functional neurological disorder (FND).

He is currently leading a large multicentre randomised controlled trial of specialist physiotherapy for functional motor disorder (physio4FMD.org).

Lauri Nummenmaa, PhD    
Bodily maps of emotions

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.

Markus J Rantala, PhD
Biology of Depression: evolutionary psychological approach to mood disorders

Markus J Rantala is Finnish evolutionary psychologist who has PhD degree in both biology and psychology. He works as a university lecture at the University of Turku, where he has been teaching evolutionary psychology as a minor since 2014. He has been studying sexual selection in humans and other animals for years, but during the last years, he has specialized on evolutionary psychiatry. He has published more than 180 scientific papers and one book titled "Biology of Depression: evolutionary psychological approach to mood disorders" (in Finnish). 
Home page: http://users.utu.fi/mjranta/

Brendon Stubbs, PhD
Physical activity for the prevention and management of mental disorders: evidence, mechanisms and implementation points for physiotherapists?

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.

Tuija Turunen, PhD
Trauma and the body - combining psycho- and physiotherapy in facilitating trauma recovery

PhD Tuija Turunen is an experienced clinical psychologist,

psychotherapist, lecturer, and a researcher with comprehensive history of working in hospital and health care industry. She is specialized in treating severely traumatized individuals and families and has expertise in preventive, acute, and long term crisis management for organizations and communities. She has been developing and implementing multi professional psychosocial services after severe large scale tragedies.

Combining e.g. trauma-focused psychotherapy and physiotherapy and/or massage was used in the aftermath of school shootings, and the experiences where highly positive.

Tuija Turunen is a member of a research group of the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland which studies the trajectories of recovery of those exposed to the school shootings. In her doctoral thesis http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-44-9630-1 she examined the role of theory-based psychological care and attachment in trauma recovery.