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Nihr grant supports research into anxiety disorders in young children

NIHR grant supports research into anxiety disorders in young children

Professor Cathy Creswell of the Departments of Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Oxford has been awarded a £2.5 million grant from the National Institute for Health Research to develop and evaluate procedures for identifying and treating anxiety disorders in primary school aged children.

First female professor of psychiatry in the department

First Female Professor of Psychiatry in the Department

Awards Mental Health Psychosis Schizophrenia

Professor Belinda Lennox has been given the title of Professor of Psychiatry in the 2019 Recognition of Distinction Exercise at the University of Oxford.

Oxford short course in experimental medicine for mental health oxcemm

Oxford Short Course in Experimental Medicine for Mental Health - OxCEMM

Events Mental Health

This new course ran for the first time in January 2019, with an engaging and thought-provoking programme of talks, tours of facilities and group discussions. Feedback from participants was uniformly excellent. Applications for the January 2020 course open on 15th August 2019.

New book 2013 mindfulness ancient wisdom meets modern psychology

New book – Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology

Mental Health Mindfulness

From leading meditation teacher Christina Feldman and distinguished psychologist Willem Kuyken, this book provides a uniquely integrative perspective on mindfulness and its applications.

Close monitoring essential to ensure safety of ketamine for depression

Close Monitoring Essential to Ensure Safety of Ketamine for Depression

Patients, carers and advocates say better evidence is needed on the safety of ketamine for depression after long-term use, and that those prescribed it must be closely monitored.

The robert kerwin international conference bursary british association of psychopharmacology

The Robert Kerwin International Conference Bursary - British Association of Psychopharmacology

Awards Mental Health

The British Association of Psychopharmacology awards two bursaries each year to commemorate Robert Kerwin’s efforts in supporting and mentoring early career researchers. Nicola Hall, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, has been awarded the Robert Kerwin International Conference Bursary.

Ps9 million awarded for health and social care research in oxford and the thames valley

£9 million investment for health and social care research

Awards Integrated care Mental Health Patient involvement Public involvement

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration for Oxford and Thames Valley will launch in October 2019. It is one of 15 ARC's across England, each will work with local and national partners to address some of the nation’s most pressing challenges faced by the health and care system over the next 5 years, including dementia, obesity and mental health.

Winner of vice chancellor2019s public engagement award switching perceptions engaging through art in psychiatric illnesses

Switching Perceptions wins Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement Award - engaging through art in psychiatric illnesses

Awards Events Mental Health Patient involvement Psychological therapy

Associate Professor Liz Tunbridge, Department of Psychiatry, has won a Project Award in this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards, alongside artist Eleanor Minney. The work of Liz and Eleanor was recognised in the Projects Awards category for activities that have engaged in public dialogue and consultation.

Oxford health uses oxehealth technology to transform patient observations at night

Oxford Health uses Oxehealth technology to transform patient observations at night

Mental Health

Mental Health Trust uses clinically validated digital technology to enable nurses to carry out vital checks on patients with mental health conditions, without disturbing their sleep.

Epilepsy drugs linked to increased risk of suicidal behaviour particularly in young people

Epilepsy drugs linked to increased risk of suicidal behaviour, particularly in young people

Treatment with gabapentinoids - a group of drugs used for epilepsy, nerve pain and anxiety disorders - is associated with an increased risk of suicidal behaviour, unintentional overdose, injuries, and road traffic incidents.

Self harm in children and adolescents a major health and social problem of our time

Self-harm in Children and Adolescents: A Major Health and Social Problem of our Time

Mental Health Psychological therapy Self-harm Suicide

In the Jack Tizard Memorial Lecture during the Association for Child and Mental Health National Conference at the Royal College of Physicians, Professor Keith Hawton, highlighted the very worrying recent increases in rates of suicide in England in older adolescents and the big rise in self-harm in young teenage females.

Experts call for new kind of registry to help prevent 2018tripping2019 up in deployment of psychedelics as medicines

Experts call for new kind of registry for deployment of psychedelics as medicines

Depression Mental Health

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently licensed a form of ketamine – esketamine – as a treatment for depression which is resistant to other treatments. It is administered as a nasal spray in a clinic, initially twice a week, then weekly or fortnightly. Regular doses of the drug are necessary to prevent relapse.

Virtual reality could transform psychological therapy in the nhs

Virtual Reality Could Transform Psychological Therapy in the NHS

Anxiety Early intervention Mental Health Psychological therapy Schizophrenia Virtual reality

A new clinical trial is testing a virtual reality (VR) based psychological therapy for people with severe mental health difficulties. gameChange is the largest ever clinical trial of virtual reality for a mental health disorder. Automated delivery of therapy using VR has potential to transform NHS provision of psychological therapy.

Clinical guidelines for antidepressant dosage must reflect the evidence

Clinical Guidelines for Antidepressant Dosage Must Reflect the Evidence

New analysis shows the lower range of the licensed dose of the most commonly used second-generation antidepressants achieves the optimal balance between efficacy, tolerability and acceptability in the acute treatment of adults with major depression.

Cristal health uses industrial scale data science to improve lives

Cristal Health uses industrial scale data science to improve lives

Mental Health

New spinout enterprise from Oxford seeks to accelerate evidence based innovation for treatments and services in mental health and dementia.

Illuminating the brain 2013 neuroscientist dr karl deisseroth

Illuminating the brain – Neuroscientist Dr Karl Deisseroth


Dr Karl Deisseroth, D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, was in Oxford last week for the Kyoto Prize at Oxford. He visited the Department of Psychiatry and discussed his work with Head of Department Professor John Geddes and team.

Dementias platform uk dpuk datathon understanding origins of dementia using machine learning

Dementias Platform UK datathon - understanding origins of dementia using machine learning

Dementia Early intervention Events

Using machine learning (AI) techniques to analyse complex cohort data, a group of researchers uncovered hidden patterns in cohort data that might identify those at risk of developing dementia, or indicate promising areas for research into treatments.

The future of children and young people2019s mental health research at the university of oxford an interview with cathy creswell

Future of Children and Young People’s Mental Health

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

Professor of Psychology, Cathy Creswell joins the University of Oxford in a new dual role between the Departments of Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology.

3 dimensional landscape of european data availability for alzheimer2019s disease research launched

3-dimensional landscape of European data availability for Alzheimer’s disease research launched

Alzheimer's disease

The ROADMAP project launches its Data Cube. The Cube offers a dynamic overview of the ‘landscape’ of data availability in Europe for Alzheimer’s disease research.

Mental illness in children and adolescents neuroscience ethics and practice in psychopharmacology

Mental illness in children and adolescents: neuroscience, ethics and practice in psychopharmacology

Child and adolescent Events Mental Health

Dr Gabriela Pavarini took part in the Festival of Neuroscience in Dublin organised by the British Neuroscience Association to celebrate and share the latest thinking in neuroscience today.

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