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Mental Health Science

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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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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Sep
30
2016

Long term impacts of medication for Bipolar
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hot-off-the-press-pharmacy-shelvesMedication side effects are a burning issue for many service users and carers.  Yet research to date has failed to accurately reflect the prevalence of the adverse events and effects resulting from long term psychiatric medication use. This is a particularly urgent issue for people diagnosed with Bipolar, as influential guidelines on its management, including those of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the British Association for Psychopharmacology, advocate the long term use of medications.

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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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