Dr. Karen Ersche appointed University Lecturer.

On behalf of the Department of Psychiatry, we would like to offer our congratulations to Dr. Karen Ersche on being appointed to the role of University Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Ersche first joined the Department of Psychiatry in 2002 as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Barbara Sahakian. It was […]

In teenagers, exercise shown not to affect the development of depressive symptoms.

In a recent research paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, scientists from the Development and Lifecourse Research Group within NSPN, including Professors Peter Jones and Ian Goodyer, reported that exercise was not shown to reduce depressive symptoms in teenagers. In total, 736 teenagers provided the researchers with information about their exercise levels, […]

Hip-hop music can help people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Two researchers from the department  (neuroscientist Dr Becky Inkster and psychiatrist Dr Akeem Sule) have found that listening to and creating hip-hop music can help people experiencing mental health difficulties. Their discovery comes from a joint social venture, which they have named ”Hip-hop Psych”, which aims to utilise this musical genre to help treat people […]

Unique risk taking in different disorders of natural and drug reward.

Scientists at the BCNI recently published the results of a large study looking at risk taking in disorders of natural and drug reward. Published in the Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, the paper describes similarities and differences of risk taking behaviour in subjects with substance abuse disorders, obesity and binge eating disorder. With a total of 339 […]