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Congratulations Dr Charlotte Cooper!

Charlotte successfully defended her DPhil thesis on 3rd August 2016. Michael Browning and Carmine Pariante were her examiners and they recommended that she be awarded a DPhil with no corrections to her thesis.

Congratulations Matthew Warren and Maria Ironside!

Congratulations to Maria and Matthew who have both had successful DPhil vivas recently. We wish them well as they move on to their next adventures. Maria will be moving to Boston to take up a a postdoc position with Diego Pizzagalli. Matthew has already started work as Press Officer at Oxitec.

Fun at Oxfordshire Science Festival

PERL spent the weekend at Oxfordshire Science Festival talking to people about our research and how the recognition of facial expressions can be used as a marker of antidepressant effects. We had an interactive task where people could guess the expression of faces using handheld button boxes. It was great to talk to so many children and adults about the work that we do.

PERL at Elder Stubbs

We had a wonderful Saturday at the Elder Stubbs festival run by RESTORE. Met lots of lovely people, and dogs!!

PERL at FENS Brain Conference, Copenhagen

Quite a few of the lab recently attended The Brain Conference on "New Insights into Psychiatric Disorders through Computational, Biological and Developmental Approaches", which was organised by FENS and held in Copenhagen 25-28 September 2016.

PERL at SOBP 2016

Quite a few members of PERL were at the Biological Psychiatry conference in Atlanta this year. It was a great opportunity to catch up with some PERL alumni, including Ciara McCabe and Poornima Kumar who both spoke in a great anhedonia session.

PERL at the Headington Festival

Members of PERL were at the Headington Festival this weekend. Our stand had lots of interest and we had good fun telling local people about our research and handing out smiley face balloons.

PERL in Brighton at BAP 2016

There was a great turnout from PERL at the British Association of Psychopharmacology in Brighton this year.


Biological Psychiatry in New York City 2018 was a fantastic conference. Oxford Psychiatry researchers were out in force, with a great session on mood instability chaired by Paul Harrison, and a computational psychiatry workshop organised by Mike Browning. Susannah Murphy was presenting recent data from our lab on the 5-HT4 agonist prucalopride.

Springtide 2019 with the Oxford SU

A great day at University Parks doing some public engagement for the Springtide Festival, involving our increasingly popular balloons!

Visiting summer student

We welcome Andrea Enriquez, a visiting summer student from the States