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  • Oxford Department of Psychiatry is awarded Athena Swan Silver Award

    23 April 2015

    John Geddes (Head of Department) commented:"This is an incredibly important step for the Department. It is the result of a great deal of hard work and real change over the last few years, led by Liz Tunbridge and the Athena Swan Committee and with major effort and engagement from across the Department. We certainly won’t stop here in pursuing greater equality for women and will now start our planning for a Gold award."

  • Mindfulness may be ‘as effective’ as anti-depressants for preventing relapse in recurrent depression

    21 April 2015

    Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MCBT) may be as good as pills at preventing people who are recovering from major bouts of depression from relapsing, according to a new study led by Oxford University. The trial, published in the Lancet medical journal, involved 424 adults from GP practices in the south west of England, who were willing to try either antidepressant drugs or the therapy. Half were randomly allotted to each and the relapse rates were 44% in the mindfulness group and 47% in the drug group. Willem Kuyken, lead author and a professor of clinical psychology at Oxford University, comments on the findings. (Guardian 21/04/2015)

  • Leading US clinical psychiatric researcher dies

    21 April 2015

    Professor Wayne Katon, one of the most influential consultation-liaison psychiatrists of his generation and pioneer in collaborative mental health care, died from lymphoma on March 1st 2015 at his home in Seattle. He was 64.

  • 2nd Course on Network Meta-Analysis (29th June – 1st July 2015)

    16 April 2015

    How to appraise, interpret and publish a network meta-analysis. A 3-day course for clinicians, researchers and policy makers, with formal lectures and group work

  • DPhil Studentships: Interrogating the gene regulatory network in human stem cell models of Alzheimer’s Disease

    15 April 2015

    The Translational Neuroscience and Dementia Research Group in the Department of Psychiatry invites applications for the following DPhil studentship: Interrogating the gene regulatory network in human stem cell models of Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Dementia gets 13 times less for research than cancer

    14 April 2015

    Alastair Gray of the Health Economics Research Centre at Oxford University said more needed to be done: ‘Research into the treatment and prevention of dementia remains under-funded when compared with the economic and personal impact these conditions have.’

  • Sex offending: genes more important than family environment

    9 April 2015

    Brothers and fathers of men convicted of sexual offences are up to five times more likely to be convicted of sexual offences than men in the general population, a new study shows. Genetic factors were found to make a substantial contribution to this increased risk with the shared family environment having a relatively small influence.

  • Michael Sharpe comments on Multiple chemical sensitivity

    1 April 2015

    Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a controversial diagnosis used to describe people who experience a variety of physical and psychological symptoms that they attribute to chemical exposure.

  • SET for Britain: Sana Suri awarded Bronze!

    9 March 2015

    On receiving the award Sana said: "It was a fantastic experience meeting the MPs and discussing our work. They were all very encouraging and supportive and I am absolutely delighted that I won the award!"

  • Oxford Health Trust and University Department recruit future psychiatrists

    5 March 2015

    “Psyched up for Medical School” is a scheme offering work experience placements to students applying to medical school. We have so far supported 40 students locally and are in the process of arranging further programmes. There is evidence that such schemes improve the likelihood of candidates subsequently applying to specialty training schemes, and work experience placements in Mental Health Trusts have been shown to reduce stigma towards Mental Illness.