South African neuropsychologist Mark Solms to speak at 14th annual Wallerstein Lecture

By Nicholas Roznovsky

Mark Solms, PhD

Mark Solms, PhD

The University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry will host its 14th annual Robert S. Wallerstein, MD Lectureship in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, from 1:00-4:45 p.m. in Cole Hall Auditorium on the UCSF Parnassus Heights campus.

Each year, the UCSF Department of Psychiatry invites a distinguished scholar to speak on campus as part of the Robert S. Wallerstein, MD Visiting Lectureship in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. This lecture series is held in honor of the late Robert S. Wallerstein, MD, and is focused on showcasing psychoanalytic knowledge and clinical expertise that influence psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis. Past speakers have included noted clinicians and researchers such as Otto Kernberg, MD; Beatrice Beebe, PhD; and Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD.

South African psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist Mark Solms, PhD, will deliver this year's keynote address, "What Is the Unconscious and Where Is It Located in the Brain?," followed by a second lecture, "Our Patients Suffer Mainly From Feelings." He will also be joined by Bay Area psychiatrist Maria Longuemare, MD, PhD, for discussion and a post-talk question and answer session.

Solms is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and for his integration of psychoanalytic theories and methods with those of modern neuroscience. He holds the Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital (Departments of Psychology and Neurology) and is a past president of the South African Psychoanalytical Association. He is also currently chair of the International Psychoanalytical Association's research committee.

He was the founding editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis in 1999 and founded the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society in 2000. He is the authorized editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 volumes), and the Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 volumes). His most recent books are The Feeling Brain and Beyond Evolutionary Psychology. His earlier book, The Brain and the Inner World, was a bestseller which was translated into 13 languages.

Free tickets now available online

The Wallerstein Lectureship event is free, but advance registration is requested. For further information, visit or email [email protected].

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry, UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

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UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise.

It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – as well as Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. UCSF faculty also provide all physician care at the public Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program is a major branch of the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine.