Psychiatry talks

CPFT hosts regular talks from international experts with the University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry, about health and social sciences. Recordings from previous talks are available to play below.

Driving and mental health

Full talk

DVLA Doctor Elliott King presents this talk exploring all aspects of mental health and driving,
and shares the latest driving advice to help patients. Elliott is a medical advisor at the DVLA
in Swansea, and worked with the Government's Honorary Advisory Panel on driving and
mental health conditions.

How to sleep well

Full talk

Neurologist Dr Kirstie Anderson is Clinical Lead for the Regional Neurology Sleep Service in 
Newcastle and Sleepstation founder. In this talk, Kirstie shares findings from clinical practice 
and research in all the sleep disorders - insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnia, and explains 
the role of sleep disturbance in mental health problems.

Symptoms of schizophrenia treatment

Full talk

CPFT's Consultant Psychiatrist and Clozapine Clinic lead Dr Emilio Fernandez shares his research -
embedded in clinical practice, to understand and manage schizophrenia.
He explains how treatments for the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia can sometimes cause
or exacerbate non-psychotic, or behavioural symptoms.

Psychiatric presentations of coronaviruses past and present

Full talk

Psychiatrist Dr Jonathan Rogers at University College London shares the findings from his recent 
systematic review into the neuropsychiatric aspects of coronaviruses. This talk explores what is known 
so far about the impact of Covid-19 on mental health. Chaired by CPFT psychiatrist Dr Paul Wilkinson.

Smoking cessation and mental health services: 
From rhetoric to reality

Full talk

Professor Simon Gilbody leads the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group (MHARG) at the 
University of York. In this talk he explains the findings from SCIMITAR - the first UK and largest ever 
global trial of a specialist service and interventions to help people with severe mental illness stop smoking. 
Featuring a Q&A session with Simon.

Understanding motivational dysfunction in depression: 
A computational approach

Full talk

Professor Jonathan Roiser from University College London explains how a computational approach
can help us understand motivational symptoms in depression and lead to more effective treatment
and therapies. Includes a Q&A session discussing the research.

Minimal clinically important differences:
a cornerstone of evidence based medicine
Full talk 

Professor Glyn Lewis, expert in Epidemiological Psychiatry at University College London,
discusses how minimal clinically important differences help to build the evidence base for medical care.
He shares research findings from the PANDA study investigating the severity and duration of depressive
symptoms associated with a clinically important response to SSRI antidepressants.

Transdiagnostic approaches to common mental health problems
Summary interview

Clinical psychologist Dr Melissa Black explains her research on transdiagnostic approaches to CPFT 
honorary consultant psychiatrist Professor Tamsin Ford, and they discuss how this exciting field can
develop new therapeutic approaches to improve mental health care and treatment.

Mood instability - a possible transdiagnostic construct?

Summary interview

Psychiatrists Professor Matthew Broome and CPFT's Professor Jesus Perez discuss research
exploring mood instability as a common feature of several mental health conditions. They consider
the clinical implications of this and how a transdiagnostic approach can inform, and improve care practice.

Epigenetics in ageing and dementia

Summary interview

CPFT psychiatrist and researcher Dr Leonidas Chouliaras explains epigenetics and discusses how
this exciting field is helping us learn more about dementia, with Professor John O' Brien. They unpack
how epigenetics can help to crack the processes in ageing and dementia to find new treatments.

Blogs, social media and gamification

Summary interview

CPFT consultant psychiatrist Dr Chris O'Loughlin interviews André Tomlin, information scientist and
creator of The Mental Elf website, to find out how this resource supports people working in mental health
to improve practice, using a gamification approach. They discuss how social and digital media can be
used to share high quality research and improve public engagement.

Using mobile games to assess cognition

Summary interview

Clinical neuropsychologist Professor Barbara Sahakian at the University of Cambridge talks to
Honorary Visiting Fellow Dr Bruno Bonnechère from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, about how
mobile games can be used to assess cognitive function in elderly patients. They discuss future
direction and applications for research to improve treatment and support healthy brains.

Food for health - food for thought

Summary interview

Nutritional epidemiology expert Professor Nita Forouhi and CPFT consultant psychiatrist
Dr Graham Murray discuss the impact of food on physical and mental health and wellbeing.
They consider the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for people managing depression and 
unpack some of the confusing and contradictory evidence on what constitutes a healthy diet.

Motherhood and madness

Summary interview

CPFT Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist Dr Nikolett Kabacs interviews Professor Ian Jones, 
Director of the National Centre for Mental Health about research with mothers at the greatest risk of 
developing postpartum psychosis, investigating prevention and treatment for this challenging condition.

The neuropsychiatry of social knowledge and moral motivation

Summary interview

CPFT consultant psychiatrist Dr Hisham Ziauddeen interviews Dr Roland Zahn from King's College London about
the model developed to explain mechanisms behind depression and damaged communication networks in
the brain, disrupting how people with depression make sense of the world and social situations.
They discuss the potential to predict depressive episodes and develop new treatments.

Video games in psychiatry

Summary interview

In this interview about the effects of video games on the mind, CPFT honorary consultant psychiatrist
Professor Paul Fletcher talks to Dr Graham Murray about working with CPFT's Recovery College East to help
develop the groundbreaking game Hellblade with Ninja Theory and considerations for future research, exploring
the positive impact video games can have on mental health.

Computational approaches to mental health

Paykel Lecture 2019 summary interview

CPFT Research and Development Director Professor Ed Bullmore interviews world expert in computational
neuroscience Professor Jianfeng Feng to discuss how data can help track and understand mental health
conditions like depression, to find new targeted treatments.

Understanding the infant-parent connection through
interpersonal neuroscience

Summary interview

Clinical neuropsychologist Professor Barbara Sahakian interviews developmental cognitive neuroscientist
Dr Victoria Leong about her research with mothers and babies exploring how they naturally synchronise
during social interactions, helping babies learn from their mothers. 

Can we PROTECT our cognitive health?

Summary interview

Two of the top world experts in Lewy body dementia. Professor John O'Brien, honorary consultant psychiatrist at CPFT and Professor Clive Ballard, Medical School Dean at Exeter University discuss early findings from the PROTECT study, investigating how to prevent dementia and the implications for health policy and care.

100 years since Nijinsky met Bleuler:
Can we still learn from individual cases?

Marking a centenary since legendary ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky met psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler on 6 March 1919, this fascinating talk covers an important case from psychiatry history and the origins of schizophrenia. CPFT consultant psychiatrist and world expert on schizophrenia Dr Emilio Fernandez-Egea shares insights from Nijinsky's diary and 30 years of psychiatric treatment for the dancer's condition, considering what this case tells us about schizophrenia.

100 years since Nijinsky met Bleuler: 
Summary interview

In this interview with CPFT consultant psychiatrist Dr Emilio Fernandez-Egea following his talk, clinical lecturer Dr Muzaffer Kaser asks what the Nijinsky case can teach us about the origins and development of schizophrenia, and how the condition is understood and treated in mental health services today.

Tracking neuroinflammation in depressed patients: 

Summary interview

Clinical lecturer Dr Muzaffer Kaser asks Dr Peter Talbot from Manchester University what we can learn from the latest research to understand the links between neuroinflammation and depression, in order to improve care and treatment
for patients. 

The page was last updated on 04 September 2020 by lmarshall.


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