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Dr Martyn Pickersgill (Wellcome Trust Reader in Social Studies of Biomedicine, Usher Institute) is the recipient of a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award - congratulations Martyn!
According to research led by Dr Louise Marryat at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, two thirds of children in Scotland experience an adverse life event, such as domestic violence or parental drug misuse before the age of eight.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh (Division of Psychiatry, Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, Institute for Genetics and Molecular Medicine and brain imaging facilities) along with the universities of Aberdeen and Dundee, are involved in The Stratifying Resilience and Depression Longitudinally (STRADL) study. More than 600 volunteers have already been recruited for this £4.7m study (funded by the Wellcome Trust) and the study is continuing to recruit.
A major fund has been established to support pioneering research into mental health and early death in people with epilepsy. The Juliet Bergqvist Memorial Fund has been made possible by a generous gift from a family affected by epilepsy and suicide. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh are using anonymised health data to link a diagnosis of epilepsy to diagnoses for mental health conditions and causes of death.
Prof Andrew McIntosh (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences - Psychiatry and Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology) has been awarded a prestigious Medical Research Council Data Pathfinder Award to create secure facilities for health data research, which will form a vital resource for Scottish researchers working to understand mental health conditions such as depression.
Professor Andrew McIntosh (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences), Professor Ian Deary (Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Epidemiology), Dr Michelle Luciano (Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Epidemiology) and colleagues (University of Edinburgh and King's College London) have published results from a study suggesting that people affected by depression may have genes associated with anxiety, worry and low mood. The DNA of over 300,000 people was analysed and many genes were found to link to neuroticism – characterised by feelings of anxiety, worry and guilt. The genes are also linked to depression. The findings help shed light on the causes of depression – which affects one in five people – and could provide information to help better diagnosis and treatment for individuals, scientists say.
Professor Gillian Mean (Geriatric Medicine, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) appeared on the BBC2 programme ‘Trust me I’m a doctor’ at 9pm on Wednesday 01 November as aprt of a special episode focusing on Mental Health. She is being interviewed about the benefits of exercise on mental health, in particular bouldering. You can view it on the BBC iPlayer until Saturday 09 December.
Following a study by scientists in Oxford looking into the ethics of trialling Ketamine, Professo
Dr Sinéad Rhodes (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) has been awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh Innovator’s Public Engagement Prize 2017.