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The prime of Professor Dame Kay Davies

Awards and Honours

Professor Dame Kay Davies, Professor of Genetics, first woman appointed Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy at Oxford, first woman to become Head of Department for DPAG, University-wide champion of equality, and award winning scientist known for her work on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has 'retired' after a lifetime's research, but remains Professor Emeritus at DPAG.

Ground-breaking Treatment Offers New Hope for Patients with Persecutory Delusions

Research Highlights

Feeling Safe is a new treatment programme for persecutory delusions, which promises a step change in the treatment of severe mental health problems.

The brain’s one-sided teaching signals

Research Highlights

A new study by the Lak group reveals a novel facet of dopamine signalling during visual decision making.

£36 Million Boost for AI Technologies to Revolutionise NHS Care

Major Funding Awards Research Highlights Strategic Developments

An Oxford project using artificial intelligence to develop digital triage tools for mental health clinicians (CHRONOS) is one of 38 projects support by the second wave of the NHS AI Lab's AI in Health and Care Award.

Professor Christopher Fairburn Awarded OBE for Services to the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Awards and Honours

Christopher Fairburn founded the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders (CREDO) at Oxford in 1986 and has continued pioneering work into the treatment of eating disorders.

Newborn brain scans clarify how some diseases develop

Research Highlights

Newborn brain scans from the Developing Human Connectome Project are now available online in large-scale open-source project, clarifying how some diseases develop.

New Head of the Department of Psychiatry – Professor Belinda Lennox

Research Highlights Strategic Developments

Professor Belinda Lennox has been welcomed to the role of Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and will take over leadership in October 2021.

Sustainable funding needed to provide nursery places

Research Highlights

Extra funding should be made available for early years care in the wake of the pandemic, researchers say.

Living and Dying with COVID-19: An Ethical Perspective is Vital

Research Highlights

World-leading researchers from the UK Pandemic Ethics Accelerator Collaborative consider - how we should evaluate decisions made during the covid-19 pandemic and the future response to pandemic threats.

Childhood Abdominal Pain May Be Linked to Disordered Eating in Teenagers

Research Highlights

New research shows that people who suffer from recurrent abdominal pain in childhood may be more likely to have disordered eating as teenagers.

New Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Awards and Honours

Congratulations to Heidi Johansen-Berg and Scott Waddell, 2 members of our Neuroscience Community that the Academy of Medical Sciences has elected to its fellowship.

Being "in the zone": how waking activity controls sleep need

Research Highlights

A new study from the Vyazovskiy group suggests that how and where we spend our time while awake impacts how much we need to sleep - it does not only depend on how long we are awake.

New Transatlantic Partnership in Mental Health

Strategic Developments

The new partnership between Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Oxford, the University of Toronto, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, will enable the development of key structures to facilitate collaboration.

No Evidence of Increased Risk of Suicide in First Months of Pandemic

Research Highlights

A new observational study is the first to examine suicides occurring during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in multiple countries and finds that suicide numbers largely remained unchanged or declined.

Link between COVID-19 infection and mental health and neurological conditions

Research Highlights

One in three COVID-19 survivors received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six months of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

New research to radically alter our understanding of synaptic development

Research Highlights

A new study from the Molnár group on the role of regulated synaptic vesicular release in specialised synapse formation has made it to the cover of Cerebral Cortex.

Healthy Start, Happy Start Study

Research Highlights

Healthy Start, Happy start is a randomised controlled trial that tested the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of a brief parenting programme - Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD).

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