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New Research Presented at the ECNP Conference - October 2021

Events Mental Health

Dr Angharad de Cates and Dr Liliana Capitão were just two of the department's researchers presenting and publishing new research at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Conference 2021, in Lisbon.

Researchers Address Mental Health Effects of the Pandemic on Young People

COVID-19 Child and adolescent Early intervention Mental Health

In a new policy briefing, a team of researchers at King’s College London and Oxford University highlight the multiple effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on children and young people in the UK through their education and daily life, including challenges around social isolation, academic pressures, adjusting to online learning and coping with reopening of schools.

MSc Clinical and Therapeutic Neuroscience: Class 2020/21 Prizes

Course

Congratulations to our MSc in Clinical and Therapeutic Neuroscience, Class of 2020/21 for successfully completing the course. This MSc was first launched in October 2019 and is run jointly with the Department of Psychiatry and Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, together with essential contributions from allied departments and institutions in Oxford.

Turing Fellowships for Over 30 Oxford Academics

Awards Mental Health

Professor John Geddes, WA Handley-elect Chair of Psychiatry, is one of the thirty-three University of Oxford researchers, which have been named Turing Fellows for the 2021/22 academic year.

Simple Intervention Effectively Treats Depression During COVID 19

COVID-19 Mental Health Psychological therapy

New research shows that even a very simple intervention, administered by non-specialists with just 15 hours of training, can effectively treat depression during COVID-19.

Over a Third of COVID-19 Patients Diagnosed with at Least One Long-COVID Symptom

COVID-19 Mental Health

A new study from the University of Oxford and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) investigated long-COVID in over 270,000 people recovering from COVID-19 infection, using data from the US-based TriNetX electronic health record network.

Willingness of Children and Adolescents to have COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Mental Health

The OxWell School Survey 2021 highlights that younger children and adolescents are the least willing to have the COVID-19 vaccination. These young people come from the most socioeconomically deprived backgrounds, feel less belonging to their school community and think they have probably had COVID-19 already.

Oxford Course on Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analysis: 24-26 January 2022

Course

This 3 day course, led by Professor Andrea Cipriani, will feature an engaging programme of lectures, hands-on tutorials, group discussions and supervised statistical sessions on systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

Mitigating Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Parents and Carers During School Closures

COVID-19 Child and adolescent Mental Health

The International Public Policy Observatory's (IPPO) Rapid Evidence Review has now been released. Co-authored by Professor Cathy Creswell, the Review was commissioned by the UK Department for Education following a recommendation from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

Scholarships and Studentships - Academic Year 2022/23

Course

We are pleased to announce that the competitive Department of Psychiatry DPhil and MSc courses are now open to applications for admission for the academic year 2022/23.

Improved Risk Estimation of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders in Adolescent Offspring of Bipolar Parents

Bipolar Disorder Mental Health

This new study using Canadian and Swiss data showed that the risk calculator used to predict the likelihood of developing a major mood disorder was correct approximately 70% of the time. The study results suggest this may be a useful clinical tool in routine practice for improved individualised risk estimation of bipolar spectrum disorders among the adolescent offspring of a parent with a bipolar disorder.

Impact of COVID-19 Partial School Closures and Mental Health

COVID-19 Child and adolescent Mental Health

New research found that secondary school students with access to on-site school provision were more likely to report symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as perceiving their mental wellbeing to have deteriorated during the first national lockdown, compared to students receiving remote school provision. Importantly, the poorer mental health for the group accessing school was explained by their different backgrounds and certain risk factors, such as past mental health needs and upcoming examinations.

Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Eating Disorders

COVID-19 Mental Health

Using the electronic health records of over 5 million people aged under 30, researchers in the Oxford University Department of Psychiatry found that eating disorders were diagnosed significantly more commonly in 2020 than in previous years, with the rate increasing steadily throughout the year.

The Mental Health Impacts of Being an Olympian

Events Mental Health

The athletes competing in the Olympics mount a tremendous responsibility on their shoulders. Representing the pinnacle of human performance, Olympians are not merely idolized for their athletic abilities, but also often praised for their moral character, sportsmanship, and/or mental resilience.

Helping People with Psychosis Feel Less Distressed May Help Reduce the Risk of Self-harm

Mental Health Self-harm Suicide

New research shows that by lessening the severity and impact of persecutory symptoms of psychosis, it may be possible to reduce the likelihood of someone with psychosis having thoughts of suicide or harming themselves.

Ground-breaking Treatment Offers New Hope for Patients with Persecutory Delusions

Delusions Mental Health Psychological therapy

Feeling Safe is a new treatment programme for persecutory delusions, which promises a step change in the treatment of severe mental health problems.

Depressive Symptoms and Risky Behaviours Among Adolescents in Low-and Middle-Income Countries

Child and adolescent Depression Mental Health

New meta-analysis, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, shows adolescents with depressive symptoms were more likely to engage in risky behaviours compared with non-depressed adolescents.

Adolescent Mental Health and Development in the Digital World

Anxiety Awards Child and adolescent Depression Early intervention Mental Health Self-harm

A new project has been awarded funding from the UKRI £24 million investment into improving the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents in the UK.

£24m Investment into Adolescent Mental Health to Enable Young People to Flourish

Awards Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child and adolescent Early intervention Mental Health

UKRI have announced a major £24 million investment into improving the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents in the UK. One of the projects being funded is led by Professor Kam Bhui in the Department of Psychiatry, it will bring together diverse creative-arts, digital and health experts to investigate how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can affect adolescents' mental health.

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