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New Study will Investigate Brain Fog Symptoms in Post-Hospitalised COVID-19 Patients

COVID-19 Mental Health

C-Fog is a collaborative new study led by Oxford University researcher, Dr Maxime Taquet, which will investigate the reasons why brain fog or cognition problems affect patients after COVID-19 infection. With a better understanding of the mechanisms involved it may be possible to understand how to treat brain fog and help many thousands of people worldwide.

A New Experimental Study Investigated the Effects of Atorvastatin on Emotional Processing

Mental Health

Atorvastatin is one of a group of statins widely used to treat heart and blood vessel diseases. The medication works by lowering cholesterol in the blood. This new study shows that atorvastatin influences the way people experience certain emotions, giving us important insights about disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Joy - Exhibition at the Wellcome Collection: until 27 February 2022

Events

Morten Kringelbach, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Oxford, contributed expert insight about the relationship between pleasure and emotional and physical health in the context of artwork in the current Joy Exhibition.

People with Long-COVID After Hospitalisation Face Limited Recovery After One Year

COVID-19 Mental Health

People who were hospitalised with COVID-19 and continued to experience symptoms five months later, show limited further recovery one year after hospital discharge, according to the latest results of a major national study looking at the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 on hospitalised patients.

The Effects of Social Media on Public Attention and Attitudes Towards COVID-19 Vaccines in the UK

COVID-19 Mental Health

A new study finds that media coverage of positive vaccine research can have a positive effect on overall social media sentiment, countering vaccine misinformation, but the effects wane over time.

Should Children be Offered Vaccination against COVID-19?

COVID-19 Child and adolescent Mental Health

New Rapid Ethics Review from the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator investigates the question of whether or not children should be offered vaccination against COVID-19, a question which has raised significant ethical challenges.

New Clinical Trial to Test Drug for Diabetes in Reducing Risk of Alzheimer’s Dementia

Dementia Early intervention Mental Health Old-age psychiatry

A new study led through a collaboration between the Diabetes Trials Unit and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, and the global healthcare company, Novo Nordisk, will examine whether semaglutide, a tablet used to treat diabetes, can change the course of the earliest changes that happen in the brains of people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia.

New Professors in the Department of Psychiatry

Awards Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Mental Health

Professors Mina Fazel, Morten Kringelbach and Mike Browning have been given the title of Professor in the 2021 Recognition of Distinction Exercise at the University of Oxford.

The History of Autism

New research published by David Sher, DPhil student in the Department of Psychiatry, and Associate Professor Jenny Gibson, University of Cambridge, delves into the work of Russian psychiatrist GE Sukhareva.

Mindfulness for Teachers - "Finding Peace in a Frantic World"

Mental Health Mindfulness

A new research study involving more than 200 teachers from across the UK investigated how their experiences and levels of stress, mental health and burn out were impacted by either taught or self-taught mindfulness training.

New Research Highlights Importance of Early Years Development on Future Wellbeing

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Early intervention Mental Health

Oxford researchers involved nearly 4,000 children across the UK in three specially developed science lessons to educate pupils about brain development during early childhood. The SEEN (Secondary Education around Early Neurodevelopment) project was commissioned and funded by KindredSquared and is part of a wider drive to increase public understanding of how early experiences can shape the adults we become.

2021 Most Highly Cited Researchers

Awards Mental Health

Four researchers in the Department of Psychiatry are in the Highly Cited Researcher 2021 list.

Oxfordshire Young People Involved in Childline Research Project

Child and adolescent Early intervention Mental Health

New research conducted by the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society group and NeurOX Young People’s Advisory Group in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, and the NSPCC, has looked at how Childline’s message boards help support young people.

28th British Isles Research Workshop on Suicide and Self-Harm & Lancet Psychiatry Suicide Symposium

COVID-19 Mental Health Self-harm Suicide

This year's annual meeting focused again on research related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on suicide and self-harm. There was another session on online safety in the context of suicidal behaviour and the Online Safety Bill. Organised by the Centre for Suicide Research, University of Oxford, these virtual workshops for both senior and early career researchers from the UK and Ireland provide an important opportunity to share knowledge and discuss the latest research. This year there were also contributions from Australia and Denmark.

Experimental Medicine and Industry Partnership

Events Mental Health

The recent launch event of the Experimental Medicine Industry Partnership was an exciting collaboration between industry representatives and researchers from the University of Oxford. During the event, a series of workshops were held to discuss opportunities, challenges, and future directions for the application of experimental medicine in psychiatric drug development.

What is the Role of Science in Mental Health?

Depression Mental Health

A new summary report, What science has shown can help young people with anxiety and depression - Identifying and reviewing the 'active ingredients' of effective interventions, from Wellcome has been published. It includes new research from Oxford University, which investigates the knowns and unknowns of SSRI treatment (antidepressant drugs) in young people with depression and anxiety.

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.

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