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  • SET for Britain: University of Oxford scientists take their science to Parliament

    5 March 2015

    Ms. Sana Suri, 26, a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, hailing from Mumbai, India, is attending Parliament to present her science to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 9 March.

  • 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.

  • Congratulations Charlotte & Sophie!

    4 March 2015

    Charlotte Allan and Sophie Behrman have been awarded funds by Health Education England and the Royal College of Psychiatrists to organise a Trainee Led Recruitment Project: "Oxford Conference on Ageing and Psychiatry"

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy helps reduce paranoia

    4 March 2015

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can help reduce persecutory delusions (unrealistic, paranoid beliefs that other mean you harm), an Oxford University study has found. Study author Professor Daniel Freeman of the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford discusses how the research, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, shows that six sessions of CBT can reduce worry and paranoia in patients who otherwise have persistent paranoia.

  • Immune tests suggest chronic fatigue, like most illness, isn't all in the mind

    2 March 2015

    Michael Sharpe, Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Oxford, comments on new American research into chronic fatigue syndrome: “Whilst this finding that some patients with CFS/ME have an immune abnormality is potentially interesting, we should treat it with great caution. Everyone who has worked clinically with patients with CFS/ME knows this is a real illness; this study neither proves nor disproves that observation.”

  • Depression linked to violent crime, study finds

    27 February 2015

    Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow Prof Seena Fazel said: "We wanted to determine whether there was an increased risk of violence in individuals with clinical depression, and without other factors which are known to contribute to this risk. "One important finding was that the vast majority of depressed persons were not convicted of violent crimes, and that the rates reported are below those for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and considerably lower than for alcohol or drug abuse. "There is considerable concern about self-harm and suicide in depression," he added. "We demonstrate that the rates of violent crime are at least as high, but they don't receive the same level of attention in clinical guidelines or mainstream clinical practice."

  • The Gosling Fellowship

    27 February 2015

    Due to a generous gift from the Gosling Estate, the Royal College of Psychiatrists would like to award the sum of £5000 each to two Psychiatry trainees specifically for the purpose of enabling them to complete a research project in the area of Neuropsychiatry as part of their psychiatry training programme. The award can be used for anything that is directly needed for the research project, as justified in the application.

  • We have been awarded an extra Clinical Lecturer (ST4) post in Old Age Psychiatry from NIHR

    25 February 2015

    Dementia research within the department of Psychiatry at Oxford has expanded considerably over the past year, commensurate with the national and international priority being given to this syndrome. Building on the strong base in Old Age Psychiatry established by Klaus Ebmeier, the specialty has increased in size and scope with the recruitment of Simon Lovestone, Noel Buckley and John Gallacher and their associated teams. Look out for adverts in April 2015

  • Boosting the search for new dementia treatments

    16 February 2015

    There’s been a long wait since the last dementia drug was made available to people – over a decade. Today, Alzheimer Research UK have launched their Drug Discovery Alliance, a £30m powerhouse of dementia drug discovery made up of a network of Drug Discovery Institutes at three of the UK’s leading universities for dementia research.