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A CRISPR approach to neuroscientific study?

When asked to think about the many challenges that humanity is likely to face in the next 30 – 50 years, what immediately springs to your mind? Climate change? Population growth? Increasing geopolitical tensions perhaps?

Much further down the list for many of us however, is a very important debate that scientists are having today – the ethics of genome editing technology.dna-163466_960_720

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Can VR help us to manage our mental health?

Last week saw the welcome return of the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition – a free, week long festival in London that celebrates the cutting edge of UK science.

A particular exhibit generating a great deal of attention, explored the potential for virtual reality (VR) to be used to help children and young people to cope with anxiety.

Dr Charlotte Gayer-Anderson, Postdoctoral Research Associate at King’s College London, spoke to Alex Morgan, from Sky New’s technology show SWIPE, “We want to get an idea of how young people feel in social situations, but our plan is to develop this [canteen] environment into a therapy, so for children who are particularly anxious in social situation, and over therapeutic sessions with a psychologist, we can manipulate the environment to increase the level of stress.”

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So, you’re contemplating an online MSc at the IoPPN…


…but you’re unsure where to begin?  We’re here to help!

Returning to study at postgraduate level is rarely a simple decision. Your thoughts can vary from “It’s been such a long time. Can I cope with the advanced levels of learning?” to “Where on earth will I find the time?” , “How does online learning actually work?” or perhaps you’re thinking “Can I afford it?”

In the Enrolment Team at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN), our responsibilities are to ensure that you have as much information as possible and that we answer every single question or concern that you may have – allowing you to make an informed decision.

Katie and Dean

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Blog Spot: The EDIT lab

Our Blog Spot feature highlights individual blogs that have caught our attention through a shared interest in psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience.

This week, we’ll introduce you to a blog by The Emotional Development, Interventions and Treatment (EDIT) lab – consisting of a group of researchers led by Prof Thalia Eley, Dr Tom McAdams and Dr Kate Lester.

Based at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London,  this research group studies the role of genetic, cognitive and environmental factors in the development and treatment of emotional difficulties; such as anxiety and depression.

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Job Vacancy: Research Worker (Basic and Clinical Neuroscience)

The RADAR-epilepsy project is one of ten work packages in the Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in Central Nervous System Disorders (RADAR-CNS) consortium, funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 scheme.

The project aims to acquire, manage and analyse multimodal data using advanced technology to remotely monitor multiple parameters in people with epilepsy, in order to improve clinical outcomes. RADAR -cns


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Join us for a lunchtime discovery webinar at the IoPPN

kings logoIf you’re interested in exploring online masters programmes with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), it’s our pleasure to invite you to the ‘Discover Online Learning’ webinar on Wednesday 7 June 2017.

This webinar will provide you with an excellent opportunity to investigate our online platform and discover how each learning activity has been especially designed to support your learning preferences.

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Why your brain’s ‘first-past-the-post’ system decides how you vote

With a general election in the UK now less than one week away, politicians pollsters and the public, are all ramping-up the rhetoric in a bid to be heard ahead of 8 June.


Dr Daniel Glaser  our expert and Science Gallery Director at King’s College London, presents an interesting distillation of how the brain can influence voting behaviours. Using what we know regarding the ways that neurons respond to information, do you agree that when it comes to making decisions, our brains are as simplistic as our election processes?

Read this short piece published in The Guardian.

Mind and Body – don’t separate the inseparable

Why do so many of us think of our mental and physical health as completely separate entities? Even the healthcare professionals trusted to look after us, can sometimes forget to adopt a multidisciplinary approach when managing our conditions.

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We love a good debate!

One year ago this month, we listened to a range of expert opinions on clinical guidelines for recognising and managing psychosis and schizophrenia in adults.

Forming part of the Maudsley Debate series from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN),  the topic for the 54th exchange was “This House believes that NICE guideline “CG178 Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Adults” is unbiased and evidence based” -  and it was chaired by Professor Sarah Byford.

In favour of this statement was Professor Sonia Johnson and Professor Steve Pilling and the opposing views were presented by Professor Mark Taylor and Professor Clive Adams.

Listen again to their fascinating arguments ‘for’ and ‘against’ and tell us what you think, or perhaps you have your own views on what you’d like to see amended (if anything) when the guidance comes up for review next year in 2018.

Learning at Work Week 2017

Learning at Work Week: 15 – 21 May 2017

Sometimes, it feels like there’s a special day, or an awareness week for pretty much everything, but during Learning at Work Week,  it’s no surprise that we’re fully-embracing the occasion here at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

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