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Depression increases risk of HIV among South African teenage girls

Adolescent girls in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, especially Southern Africa, are at very high risk of developing HIV - by the time they reach adulthood, up to one in four* South African women will be HIV positive, and most are first infected during adolescence.

Oxford joins forces with the Palix Foundation to share knowledge about the brain and psychological science

Mental Health

The Palix Foundation has pledged £265,250 to support a cross-disciplinary project aimed at sharing scientific knowledge about early brain development and its effect on mental health and addiction. The project will be delivered by the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Experimental Psychology, and will unite Oxford and the foundation's shared vision of improving outcomes for children, their families and future generations.

New Oxford Brain Health Clinical Trials Unit Open

A new Clinical Trials Unit has opened within the Department of Psychiatry - the Oxford Brain Health Clinical Trials Unit - it is the only mental health-dedicated Clinical Trials Unit in the UK. It opened in September 2019 and has replaced the former Oxford Cognitive Health and Neuroscience Clinical Trials Unit.

65th President and Chairman of the Board of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Michael Sharpe, Professor of Psychological Medicine at the Department of Psychiatry, has been elected the 65th President and Chairman of the Board of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

2019 Most Highly Cited Researchers

5 researchers in the Department of Psychiatry are in the top one percent of the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list.

More attention to patients' needs important to prevent suicide after presentation to hospital for self-harm

A study spanning 16 years including nearly 50,000 patients who presented to five general hospitals across England on more than 90,000 occasions following self-harm has shown that suicide risk was very high compared to the general populations in the year following the hospital visits, and even more so in the first month.

7th Course in Network Meta-Analysis: 22-24 June 2020

Course Events

Led by Professor Andrea Cipriani, this 3-day interactive course will help participants to understand, write and critically appraise a network meta-analysis. It is aimed at clinicians, researchers and policy makers.

2nd Course on Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: 16-18 March 2020

Course Events

Led by Professor Andrea Cipriani, this course is specifically designed for psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health professionals, pharmacists and researchers in neuroscience and related disciplines.

Suicide prevention: identifying and responding to suicide clusters

Mental Health Suicide

This new version of a guide originally developed in 2015, is a major update, informed by experience of suicide clusters that have occurred in the community, in schools and universities, and in psychiatric settings.

Virtual reality and real-world health - IF Oxford Science and Ideas Festival 2019

Child and adolescent Events Mental Health Psychological therapy Virtual reality

Find out how virtual reality (VR) is used in research to help build confidence and reduce stress in young people. Visit Julia Badger, Lucy Bowes and Aitor Rovira at their IF Festival stand on 28 October between 11 am and 4 pm. Put on a headset, test your reactions and see how your body responds.

Pathways to Mental Health and Academic Outcomes

Early intervention Mental Health

The Oxford U-Flourish student wellbeing survey is part of a longitudinal study evaluating the scope of mental health need among undergraduate students. The study aims to better understand what factors determine student mental health and academic outcomes.

Dementias Platform UK 5 year celebration event

At the five-year celebration event, scientists and health study volunteers from across the DPUK partnership came together to launch one of the world’s most in-depth study's into preclinical Alzheimer’s disease - one of the most important outcomes from DPUK's work to transform dementia research infrastructure in the UK.

Suicide prevention and intervention - World Mental Health Day

Awards Mental Health Self-harm Suicide

Today, 10th October is the Thames Valley Suicide Prevention Conference in Reading from the Thames Valley Suicide Prevention and Intervention Network (SPIN). Professor Keith Hawton, Director of the Centre for Suicide Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, will be chairing the event.

Aspirations in Science Communication

Recent DPhil graduate, Dr Katerina Johnson, studied the interactions between the gut microbiome and the brain and behaviour. She shares her experiences of science communication and engaging with the public.

Switching Perceptions - Barbican

Events Mental Health Psychosis

The acclaimed Switching Perceptions exhibition, showing artwork and concepts which were created in collaboration with people experiencing psychosis, will be on show at the Barbican.

Childhood sexual abuse linked to a range of physical and mental health conditions

Child and adolescent Mental Health

A new review of previous studies into the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse has suggested that earlier mental health support for victims would reduce the chances of victims developing psychiatric conditions and substance misuse later in life.

Research in Oxford helping to transform the lives of people affected by dementia

Researcher Dr Sana Suri is investigating the link between brain health in later life and heart health in midlife.

Digital technology could uncover links between stress and disease

Depression Mental Health

Wearable devices offer exciting opportunities to longitudinally detect and track multi-modal stress and symptoms of disease in an objective and unobtrusive way.

Technology and Mental Health: The future?

How many newly developed apps and IT-based interventions are evidence-based and proven to help with our mental health, or rather, could actually harm us and our families?

Engaging young people in Science - in2science

Three groups from the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging hosted in2Science students this year: the Walton Lab, Kia Nobre's group and Cath Harmer's group - PERL.

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