Mark is a training psychiatrist from Australia who is completing a PhD, at King’s College London, regarding the link between stress and depression. He would like to understand the biological mechanisms underlying this connection and this currently involves torturing human neural stem cells in a dish with stress hormones and inflammatory molecules, and investigating the extent to which antidepressants and fish oils can reverse these effects. He hopes to contribute to reducing the burden of depression through clinical practice, research and public engagement. He recently won the national competition ‘I’m a neuroscientist get me out here’ which impressed his mum.
One of the major complaints of people on antidepressant medication is the effect it has on their sex lives. It does this in three main ways – it affects sexual desire, the ability to achieve and sustain an erection in men and alters the sensation of orgasms and ejaculation. These side effects are one of [read the full story…]
The NHS is thought of as a model health care system. It has experienced several reforms over the last 20 years, including greatly increased amounts of spending. So how have these changes affected the burden of disease due to mental health problems over this period, and how does the UK’s record in this area stack [read the full story…]
The period after giving birth to a child can be difficult for women and in the first twelve weeks after childbirth 13-19% of women will experience post-partum depression (O’Hara 1996, Gaynes 2005). Post-partum depression is bad news – not only does it increase the chance of the mother going onto develop a severe clinical depression [read the full story…]