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Angharad de Cates

BMBCh (Hons), BA, MSc, MRCPsych


Wellcome Doctoral Training Fellow

  • Specialty Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry

I am a clinical DPhil student funded by the Wellcome Trust and supervised by Professor Catherine Harmer, Professor Philip Cowen, and Dr Susannah Murphy. 

My research interests include neurocognition, self-harm and psychopharmacology transdiagnostically - especially involving mood and psychotic disorders.

For my DPhil, I plan to look at whether one group of new agents, which act as agonists at the 5HT4 receptor, may work as antidepressants and / or improve cognition in humans.

Current drug treatments for depression are often poorly tolerated with unacceptable side effects, and may be ineffective at treating low mood for some people. Early work indicates that newer agents may work more quickly with fewer side effects, and may help those who have not had a response with previous antidepressants, or those who are have residual cognitive problems. 

To do this, we will use an experimental medicine model to examine neurocognitive markers of brain function (such as emotional processing, memory, and cognition) using behavioural tasks and brain imaging.

I am a Specialty Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry and am a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Within the department, I co-chair the Family Friendly and Part-Time working group and sit on the Athena Swan Committee, and teach medical students. I am also a trainee editor for the BJPsych.

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