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MSc Clinical & Therapeutic Neuroscience: Class 2019/20 Prizes

Awards

Congratulations to our MSc in Clinical and Therapeutic Neuroscience, Class of 2019/20 for successfully completing the course.

Experiences of End-of-Life Care During the COVID-19 Crisis

In partnership with members from the Department of Psychiatry this new study investigating the experiences of end-of-life care during the pandemic, now includes specific questions about communication with friends and relatives about their loved ones' illness and death.

New Phase 2 Bipolar Disorder Study with Ebselen (SPI-1005)

The University of Oxford and Sound Pharmaceuticals completed this new Phase 2a study testing SPI-1005, an investigational drug that contains ebselen, as a new treatment for bipolar disorder.

Psychological Therapy Innovator Wins BPS President's Award

Awards

Professor Daniel Freeman, an innovator in the research and treatment of psychosis, is the 2020 recipient of the British Psychological Society's President's Award.

First of its kind digital therapeutic research identifies poor sleep as target for improving depressive symptoms

The effects of the digital therapeutic Sleepio (a digital sleep programme) may extend to depressive symptoms, according to new research published in the Journal of Sleep Research.

Children from Low Income Households Show elevated Mental Health Difficulties in Lockdown

Emotional and restless/attention difficulties and behaviour difficulties for primary school aged children were consistently elevated among children and young people from low income households over a month of lockdown, according to the most recent report from the Co-SPACE study.

First of its kind in UK - Innovative New Brain Health Centre

New Oxford Brain Health Centre (BHC) open. Developed with the involvement of members of the public with lived experience of memory problems, the centre is a combined clinical and research service which has the potential to revolutionise NHS memory services.

More than Half of Year 12 Students Report Feeling Worse since Lockdown

School-based survey examines over 200 key factors in the lives and expectations of young people, aged 8-18 years, helping to shed light on mental health during lockdown.

Enriching Engagement (Round 2) awardees announced

Awards

The awardees for the second round of the University of Oxford’s Enriching Engagement funding scheme have now been announced, including six projects from across the Medical Sciences Division.

New Resource for Psychiatrists: Patient Suicide

A new resource aimed to support psychiatrists dealing with the death of a patient by suicide is now available from the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford.

Power Posing and Paranoia

A new study investigates the impact of power posing - the holding of wide and expansive postures - on self-reported feelings of power and the subsequent effect on paranoia.

Ethnic Inequalities in Mental Health Care

The UK’s first national pledge calling on senior leaders in NHS mental health trusts, public bodies and commissioning to declare their commitment to reduce ethnic inequalities in mental health care launched 5 August 2020. The work to support this is led by the Synergi Collaborative Centre - a national five year initiative focused on eradicating ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness.

A Psychological Approach to Boosting Physical Activity in a Pandemic

A new guidance paper sets out how psychological theory and techniques can be applied to increase physical activity levels in a pandemic.

Mood Homeostasis Decreases During Lockdown

The decrease in mood homeostasis due to lockdown translates (in simulations) into 3 times more episodes of depressed mood, according to a study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, led by Dr Maxime Taquet, University of Oxford.

Antibiotics Disrupt Development of the 'Social Brain' in Mice

Antibiotic treatment in early life seems to impede brain signalling pathways that function in social behaviour and pain regulation in mice, a new study, published in BMC Neuroscience, by Dr Katerina Johnson and Associate Professor Philip Burnet has found.

Race, Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford is committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive working environment for students, staff and members.

Career Recognition

This year two members of the Department of Psychiatry have been conferred the title of Associate Professor, Jacinta O'Shea, and Alejo J Nevado-Holgado, in recognition of their exceptional contribution to research, teaching and citizenship.

New national study into the long-term health impacts of COVID-19

A major UK research study - PHOSP-COVID, will investigate the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 on hospitalised patients. The new study has been awarded £8.4 million jointly by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Evidence-based Guidance for Digital Technologies and Telepsychiatry during COVID-19

Dr Katharine Smith, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford gave a talk on ‘Digital technologies and telepsychiatry: an evidence-based synthesis of current guidance in the context of COVID-19’ for the Data Science for Mental Health Interest Group based at The Alan Turing Institute in London on Thursday 18 June 2020.

COVID-19: Achieving Good Mental Health During Social Isolation

The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ is an evidence-based set of practical actions that can be performed daily to enhance wellbeing. They are to: learn, connect, take notice, give and be active. A new paper by Dr Rowan Diamond in the Oxford Cognitive Approaches to Psychosis (O-CAP) group suggests ways in which this framework of actions could be applied during this time of upheaval.

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