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Launch of innovative new study to tackle mental health inequalities

Learning more about how to tackle mental health inequalities will be the focus of an innovative new study working with diverse people living with psychosis and other long-term physical health conditions.

Taking a statin at the same time as an antidepressant leads to better treatment adherence


New study by Oxford University shows that taking a statin at the same time as an antidepressant leads to better treatment adherence, which may be of importance to people with depression.

A new approach to recruiting for clinical trials

Randomised controlled trial

‘Count Me In’: Transforming research practice in mental healthcare through a novel recruitment approach that offers access to a large and diverse patient cohort.

Digital atlas of human fetal brain

Global child development

The first digital atlas showing how the human brain develops in the womb has been published by a global research team led by the University of Oxford.

New fellowships in brain science established with philanthropic support


Two members of the Department of Psychiatry, Sana Suri and Andrea Reinecke, have been awarded the fellowships.

Celebrating a successful year of biomedical research with Oxford Health BRC

Dementia Mental Health Psychosis

National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre colleagues and partners gathered to share information and updates as well as celebrate progress made during the last 12 months.

Racism on mental health wards creates toxic and unhealthy atmosphere – new research

Mental Health Patient involvement

Racism harms mental health and is associated with mental illness – but a new study has highlighted ‘alarming’ racism on mental health wards.

Cannabis intoxication triggers cognitive mechanism of addiction

New research has found that the main component of cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), leads to people’s attention being more drawn to other cannabis stimuli when using the drug.

Tackling mental illness by supporting industry to develop new drugs

Depression Psychological medicine

An academic/industry partnership, based at the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, is helping companies use experimental medicine approaches to speed up development of new drugs to treat psychiatric disorders.

MSc in Clinical and Therapeutic Neuroscience student prizes announced


The academic standard of the 2022/23 cohort was extremely high with two students getting special recognition.

Artificial intelligence (AI) language tools could be used to help detect mental health conditions

Psychosis Schizophrenia

Scientists are using AI to detect language differences in people with mental health difficulties that could eventually be used to help diagnose and monitor psychiatric conditions.

Alan Stein retires as Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child and adolescent

Professor Alan Stein, Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is retiring from Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry and will be taking up a senior post at the Blavatnik School of Government in global health and public policy.

Response to study on esketamine nasal spray


Leading Oxford consultant psychiatrist Rupert McShane has responded to a new paper on the effectiveness of esketamine nasal spray, a form of ketamine, for treatment-resistant depression.

Husseini Manji awarded international prize in mental health


Professor Manji is one of the recipients of the 2023 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for the discovery of the rapid antidepressant effects of ketamine.

'There's never been a more difficult time to be young'

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child and adolescent

Researchers from Oxford, Kent, Falmouth, London and Leeds came to together to address the complexities of adolescent mental health at the Attune conference.

New MND Accelerator to facilitate the development of treatments for Motor Neuron Disease.

£6 million experimental medicine programme aims to make the translation of discoveries into therapeutics easier.

New tool to streamline prescribing of antidepressants

Depression Psychosis

A new web tool has been developed to simplify the prescription of antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs.

Advice on chronic pain for young people

A new video produced by young people offers advice on living with chronic pain.

Photo exhibition highlights experiences of detention under Mental Health Act

Mental Health Public involvement

An online and in person photo exhibition displayed in London and Manchester will detail the experiences of diverse people detained under the Mental Health Act.

Young people’s mental health deteriorated at greater rate during the pandemic

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child and adolescent Depression Mental Health

Major new study shows young people’s mental health deteriorated during COVID-19, with higher levels of depression and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties than before the pandemic hit.

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