ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Centre

Many of the issues that affect us across the lifespan, even into adulthood, have their origin in childhood. Children who suffer difficult early experiences, such as illness, neurodevelopmental problems, neglect or abuse can develop mental health problems that can burden them throughout their lives, holding them back in social development, family life, education, the work place, and even their physical health.  Our research, clinical work and teaching aims to understand and address this. The team is closely allied to the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre


Does childhood adversity and neurodevelopment predict mental health outcomes?

Friday 16th August 2019

Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre, Glasgow

The ACE Centre, University of Glasgow / Glasgow Academic CAMHS are delighted to invite you to the 3rd International conference on how adversity and neurodevelopment impact on mental health.

The presentations will focus on cutting edge findings ‘hot of the press’ and their clinical and educational implications.  The conference provides an opportunity for clinical professionals, educationalists, researchers, policy makers, service users and their families to come together to learn of new ways of working, and share their knowledge and experience.


  • Heather Moran (Keynote Speaker), Child Clinical Psychologist at CAMHS Coventry, in the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust.
  • Claire Davidson, Speech & Language Therapist/Researcher, Academic CAMHS, NHS GG&C
  • Professor Stine Lehmann, Clinical Psychologist / Senior Researcher, NORCE, Norwegian Research Centre University of Bergen
  • Dr Christina Mohr Jensen, Associate Professor, Psychologist at Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark
  • Dr Helen Smith, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, NHS GG&C

Call for poster presentations (submission deadline: 1st July)

Conference Programme

Booking form 

Call for Poster Presentations

Travel Information

Interested in attending the conference, please complete booking form and sent to Irene O’Neill -


YOUNG SCIENTISTS WORKSHOPS - read more about this

This project aims to explore the process of consulting with children about the research approaches for undertaking a large-scale medical study to explore why abused and neglected children are at higher risk of later physical (e.g. heart disease) and mental health problems. By working in partnership with a group of Young Scientists the aim is  intended to gain a better understanding of how, for example, hair, blood and oxytocin secretion samples and MRI scans might be completed in a way that is sensitive to the needs of the young participants and their families.  The intent is to therefore achieve improved communication of intent, process and outcome and a greater ethical codification of the future study, for which these workshops were a catalyst.


Diary of a Young Scientist.

Latest Diary of a Young Scientist - 15th January 2019




Professor Helen Minnis 

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

Institute of Health and Wellbeing

University of Glasgow


Secretary: Irene O'Neill

Tel: +44 (0)141 201 9239