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Belinda Lennox


Associate Professor and Clinical Senior Lecturer

  • Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Clinical Director NIHR CRN Thames Valley and South Midlands
  • Deputy Director NIHR CLAHRC Oxford

My research is on the causes and treatment of psychotic illness.

Psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are serious mental illnesses of unknown cause.  There is an urgent need to discover the basis of these illnesses, and to develop new treatments

I have used functional MRI to explore the symptoms of psychosis, capturing the neural activation associated with auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia, and associated abnormalities in auditory processing. I have undertaken studies to investigate facial emotion processing networks in the different mood states of bipolar disorder,and looked at the associations with cognitive function in first episode psychosis.

I am exploring the neuroimmunological basis of psychotic disorders in collaboration with psychiatry and neuroimmunology colleagues in University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.  We have described cases of psychosis with antibodies against cell surface receptors, the NMDA receptor and the VGKC receptor. We are now screening people with a first episode of psychosis for these antibodies, to establish their prevalence. 

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