Harry McConnel
Griffith University

Harry McConnell is a neuro-psychiatrist specializing in brain injury with more than 20 years experience in both the clinical and public health aspects of health and disability. He has trained in both neurology and psychiatry as well as in disability medicine and psychology. He is one of a handful of physicians in Australia given International Preeminent status with the RANZCP and Queensland Health. He has published five textbooks and worked as Clinical Editor at BMJ Clinical Evidence. Professor McConnell has worked extensively with the National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization, The World Bank Institute, and other key United Nations and International Agencies. He trained at Centres of Excellence in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Professor McConnell has also edited seminal texts for synthesizing research and establishing the evidence based practice of Psychiatry, and he is the co-editor of arguably the leading text for the evidenced based practice of medicine. These publications include; The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines, BMJ Clinical Evidence, and BMJ Mental Health. In Australia he has been the Director of Neurosciences at St Vincent’s Hospital Brisbane, Neuropsychiatrist at the North East Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Clinical SubDean and Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Neurodisability at Griffith University School of Medicine, Chair of the SouthEast Queensland Disability Advisory Council and Director of the Institute for the Clinical Advancement of Neuroplasticity (I CAN!). He has been active in advocacy and human rights work for people with brain injuries and passionate about developing integrated evidence based services for people with brain injuries.

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Neuroplasticity; frontiers in repair and recovery

Role In Panel
Professor McConnell will be discussing clinical advancements in neuroplasticity for people with brain injuries. He is developing a new academic and clinical service – The Institute for the Clinical Advancement of Neuroplasticity (I CAN!). Professor McConnell will discuss rehabilitation, pharmacological and other therapeutic modalities thought to enhance neuroplasticity for people with brain injuries.