Congratulations and well done from all of us at Mental Health Research UK
Mental Health Research UK are pleased to announce the following completed PhD Scholarships.
Bipolar Disorder PhD Scholarship 2015
Cardiff University - Identifying clinical and cognitive endophenotypes for bipolar disorder: genetic risk score analysis of two large population cohorts.
Scientific goal: To gain a clearer understanding of how genetic risk for bipolar disorder is expressed during development, with the aim of identifying more robust clinical and cognitive endophenotypes for this condition and improve the early identification of individuals at high risk of developing bipolar disorder.
Student: Summit Mistry
John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2015
University College London - The Life Course Epidemiology of Psychotic Symptoms in Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses: from environment to psychosis.
Scientific goal: The scientific goal of this proposed PhD project is to (a) test which types of psychotic symptoms are most strongly linked to socio-environmental risk factors, (b) establish when such associations are strongest over the life course, and (c) examine the direct and mediated pathways through which such risk factors contribute to psychosis aetiology.
Student: Jennifer Dyxhoorn
John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2014
City University, London - Understanding and translating Working Memory Deficits in schizophrenia into treatment.
Goal: To improve the quality of everyday life and social functioning in people with Schizophrenia by identifying and treating underlying working memory problems.
Student: Cristina Filannino
John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2013
University of Nottingham - Investigation of abnormalities of glutamatergic neurotransmission and cortical function in schizophrenia using MRS at ultrahigh field (7T) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG).
Aim: There is an appreciable overlap in the clinical presentation, epidemiology and treatment response of the two major psychotic disorders – Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. Hence, identifying shared neural mechanisms could aid the understanding of the brain basis of the clinical continuum of psychosis. Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), we sought to identify brain regions which share altered white matter connectivity across a clinical spectrum of psychotic disorders.
Student: Jyothika Kumar
John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2012
University of Edinburgh - 'Investigating the molecular and cellular consequences of Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 in patient-derived neural stem cells.'
Aim: Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and recurrent major depression are devastating conditions for which current treatments are only partially effective. Lack of access to human neural tissue is a major limitation to developing more effective and better tolerated treatments. To address this, we will harness the exciting potential of stem cell technology in which the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's leading centres.
Student: Daniel McCartney
Mark Robinson PhD Scholarship 2011
University of Nottingham - 'Development and evaluation of an online intervention for the treatment of depression in university students.'
Aim: Computer-based education can use film to model behaviours and strategies which have been shown to improve mental health and can provide feedback by recording progress. This project aims to use what we know about computer-based health education and therapy to develop an online programme specifically for university students with symptoms of depression.
Student: Bethan Davies