Early intervention reduces time spent untreated for young adults with psychosis.

New research has shown that specialised teams for the treatment of early psychosis, known as Early Intervention Services (EISs), are effective in reducing the duration for which young people experiencing psychosis for the first time remain untreated. In 2003, the Department of Health set two targets for these specialist services; to reduce the median duration of […]

Empathy scores reduced in parents of children with autism.

A recent study published in Molecular Autism finds that parents of children with autism fall between typical controls and individuals with autism on tasks measuring performance of empathy skills in a lab-based setting. The study, whose contributing authors include department affiliates Carrie Allison, Rosa Hoekstra, and Simon Baron-Cohen, used a factor analysis method that searches for underlying themes in […]

New study sheds light on links between the immune system and mental illness.

When we are exposed to an infection, for example influenza or a stomach bug, our immune system fights back to control and remove the infection. During this process, immune cells flood the blood stream with proteins such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), a tell-tale marker of infection. However, even when we are healthy, our bodies carry trace […]

Royal Institution article names Barbara Sahakian amongst the top women in science.

A recent article discussing top women in science includes within the list of possible candidates the Department of Psychiatry’s Professor Barbara Sahakian.  The article, published in the Royal Institution blog, discusses the difficulty of picking just 10 women, past and present, who have contributed to scientific understanding and progress, as well as the value of acknowledging female role […]