Dr Elena Antonova on Mindfulness

“Lawyers’ Mindfulness Academy”



In 2014, I am looking forward to organising a Series of Talks on Mindfulness.

Guest Speaker: Dr Elena Antonova

For our inaugural Talk on Mindfulness, I am absolutely delighted to announce that Dr Elena Antonova one of the UK’s leading Academics researching the neuroscience of Mindfulness will be our Guest Speaker on Thursday 27 February 2014.



Dr Antonova’s Talk will be entitled:


Mindfulness: Neuroscience and Applications.


BBC’s Report Features Dr Elena Antonova

“The theory that meditation can reduce stress, depression and even chronic pain
is one that has been gaining in momentum in recent years.

So the BBC’s David Sillito has been learning the art of mindfulness meditation
in order to find out for himself.

After getting to grips with the activity, he joined some other devotees for an MRI scan to find out what impact the practice can have on brain activity.”  (  BBC News website ).

If you click on the link to BBC New’s below, you will find Dr. Elena Antonova discussing brain scans with the BBC’s David Sillito ( from 30 seconds onwards ).


Dr. Antonova is also shown in a second BBC clip speaking to the BBC’s David Silitto about the brain and stress ( from 1 minute 10 seconds onwards ).


King’s College London : Institute of Psychiatry

In September, Dr Antonova organised a short course on Mindfulness at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.  The Course combined experiential sessions with academic lectures and discussions.

Guest Speakers included:

  • Ruby Wax; and
  • BBC Arts Correspondent David Sillito.


Dr Elena Antonova :  Biography

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Dr Antonova has obtained a BSc in Psychology in 2000 from the University College London, and then a PhD in 2004 from the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College London, UK.

From the beginning of her academic career she has developed an interest in the prevention, management and treatment of schizophrenia.

Her PhD addressed this through the study of the predictors of responsiveness to atypical antipsychotics using structural brain imaging. Subsequently, the work shifted towards the investigation of the predictors of responsiveness to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis.

With the advent of mindfulness-based interventions, Dr Antonova has dedicated herself to the development of the neuroscience of mindfulness, studying the effects of mindfulness expertise on brain structure and function using MRI. She also engages closely with philosophical issues in cognitive neuroscience and psychiatry. Dr Antonova has recently received Templeton Positive Neuroscience Award ( http://www.posneuroscience.org/research-awards.html ) for a project investigating the effect of mindful attention on sensory information processing in expert mindfulness practitioners using fMRI.

Thursday 27 February 2014

Dr Elena Antonova has kindly offered to speak to us on Thursday 27 February at either lunchtime or at 6.00 p.m.

Which Time is More Convenient for You ?

I am canvassing views to see which time works best for people.

It would be great if you could let me know if you think lunchtime would work best for you or an early evening talk at 6.00 p.m ?


Places are going to be restricted for this Talk so the session is more interactive.  Whilst this Talk won’t be taking place for 2 months, if you would like to register your interest for it, please get in touch.  My details are below.  It would be great to hear from you.

Many thanks.




Colin Carroll

Founder & Managing Director

“Lawyers’ Business Development Club”



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