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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).

Oxford Awarded Major Funding to Probe Childhood Poverty and Social Inequalities

Strategic Developments

Ground-breaking multi-disciplinary research is to be launched today by the University of Oxford into the impact of poverty and social inequalities in early childhood, thanks to major funding from the Leverhulme Trust.

New Way of Understanding Dissociation Could Improve Patient Care

Research Highlights

New research has developed a novel measure of dissociative experiences that share a subjective 'felt sense of anomaly'. This new approach could revolutionise how clinicians understand dissociative experiences across a range of mental health disorders, and how they work with patients with dissociation in the future.

David Paterson on the real value of research

Strategic Developments

Head of DPAG David Paterson joins Lord David Willets, Dame Ottoline Leyser and Priya Guha in discussing the future priorities for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) - summaries are now published in The Foundation for Science and Technology Journal.

Two DPAG pioneers honoured on Sherrington Building Plaques

Awards and Honours

Honouring the heritage of pioneering physiologists Sir Charles Sherrington and Florence Buchanan. "Commemorating both pioneers together highlights the importance of advocacy and mentoring that was evident over a century ago as equality was championed." (David Paterson)

Researcher publishes children's book of the brain

Public Engagement

Betina Ip, a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, has written a book for children: The Usborne Book of the Brain

New Analysis Challenges Guidelines on Treating Anorexia Nervosa

Research Highlights

A new analysis, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, has shown a lack of strong evidence to support current guidance on psychological therapies for treating anorexia nervosa over expert treatment as usual.

Capturing immune cells that colonise the brain to prevent disease progression in multiple sclerosis

Research Highlights

Researchers have revealed a disease-causing population of immune cells, which travel to the brain in patients with multiple sclerosis. They demonstrate how to trap these cells in the blood, which means they can be targeted to prevent disease progression.

How the brain reorganises old memories when new ones are made

Research Highlights

Researchers have discovered that the arrangement of existing memories in the brain is altered when we embed new memories

100 Women of Oxford Medical Sciences

Awards and Honours Events

MSD launches project to celebrate 100 years since women were admitted as full members of the University.

New WA Handley Chair of Psychiatry Appointed

Strategic Developments

Professor John Geddes has been appointed to the WA Handley Professorship of Psychiatry and will take up this post in November 2021.

Improving Experiences of People with Serious Mental Health Problems

Research Highlights

A project led by Professor Kam Bhui and Dr Roisin Mooney, University of Oxford, will focus on reducing the number of people admitted or readmitted to compulsory care under the Mental Health Act. This is one of four new research projects funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with the aim to improve patient experiences and outcomes under the Mental Health Act.

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