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Blogs by Thomas Kabir

Dec
4
2017

INVOLVE at 21
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Last week we attended a public involvement conference organised by INVOLVE.  INVOLVE was originally set up by the Department of Health in 1996. It remains one of the oldest Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) organisations in the world. We had a stand promoting our own work championing expertise from experience in mental health research.

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Aug
2
2017

Finding the right people to ask the right questions: new survey on young people’s mental health  
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Dec
16
2016

Reflections on Patient and Public involvement (PPI) at McPin in 2016
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ppi-talking-point-imageThis year has seen the expansion of our mental health science theme of work. We have engaged with scientists developing new treatments and testing them in research studies. Are these treatments that patients want? What are the ethical considerations of developing the treatment?

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Dec
1
2016

Public and patient involvement in research. Why not?
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Thomas Kabir, PIiR Manager

Thomas Kabir, PIiR Manager

Thomas Kabir introduces the latest in our series of Talking Point papers: ‘Public Involvement in Research, Why Not’? by Kirsten Morgan. Our occasional series of Talking Point papers encourage people to consider key issues in mental health research, and provides a platform for their personal views.

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Sep
30
2016

The Inflamed Mind
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the-inflamed-mind-scansThere is a growing amount of evidence that some mental health problems may be due in part to the brain becoming ‘inflamed’. In August BBC Radio 4 broadcast a programme about this titled ‘The inflamed Mind’. You can listen to the programme by clicking here.

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Jun
30
2016

Virtual Reality Helps Beat Paranoia
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research in the news‘Paranoia’. It’s one of those words that retain their stigma despite all the good work of campaigns such as Time to Change. A reason for this might be the way that the word is used so much in everyday life.  The term your paranoid can be used as a response to so many statements.

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Aug
5
2015

Genetic link to depression discovered?
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Genetic link to depression discovered? A consortium of researchers from Oxford and China has discovered two specific regions of DNA that have been linked to depression. These findings were published in Nature in July this year. The results are some of the strongest evidence yet that genetics do indeed have some part to play in depression. Our Public Involvement in Research Manager, Thomas Kabir shares his thoughts on this exciting research in our latest blog.

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Jun
25
2015

A new area of work for the McPin Foundation – mental health sciences
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shaping mcpin - mh science research“Thomas – you need to look at a protein structure from lots of different points of view to understand how it works”. This was some of the most valuable advice I ever got when I was doing my PhD. I was studying how proteins stick to one another to form complexes at UCL in London.

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Nov
25
2014

The genetics of schizophrenia
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Research in the news DNATo say that schizophrenia is a controversial diagnosis would be putting it mildly. Almost everything relating to schizophrenia has been contested, often ferociously. Putting that to one side, there is a lot of research into schizophrenia particularly to understand causation and treatments.

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