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2013-12-05 08:30:50

Funding to British schools continues meaningful aid for future leaders in mental health research, policy and practice LONDON, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Janssen Pharmaceutica NV ("Janssen") announced today new funding to the Centre for Global Mental Health, a program of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, ensuring the advancement of the Centre's Global Mental Health Scholarship Fund. Given as part of...

2013-04-15 12:27:55

Sandy Hook Organization Focused on Two-Pronged Approach to Reducing Violence NEWTOWN, Conn., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Avielle Foundation, formed in January with a goal of preventing violence through brain health research and the fostering of community initiatives, today announced its scientific advisory board (SAB) comprised of world-renowned experts in psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience. Introduced by the organization's co-founders, Jeremy Richman, Ph.D., and...

2012-06-12 10:32:47

The extent to which our development is affected by nature or nurture — our genetic make-up or our environment — may differ depending on where we live, according to research funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. In a study published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers from the Twins Early Development Study at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry studied data from over 6,700 families relating to 45 childhood characteristics,...

2011-09-12 23:01:00

NEW YORK and LONDON, September 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Call for Nations to Support Early Diagnosis and Intervention The World Alzheimer Report 2011, released today by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), shows that there are interventions that are effective in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, some of which may be more effective when started earlier, and that there is a strong economic argument in favor of earlier diagnosis and timely intervention....

2011-02-03 13:53:23

New research from the Twins Early Development Study at King's College London Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), published in PLoS ONE on February 2nd, shows that measures used to judge the effectiveness of schools are partly influenced by genetic factors in students. The study, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), was conducted by scientists in the UK at the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King's IoP, and in the US at the University of New Mexico. The assumption...

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2011-01-12 12:46:42

British scientists have shown how our brain "wiring" develops in the womb and say their findings will help in the understanding of a range of brain and psychiatric disorders. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London scanned babies' brains to monitor the formation of insulating layers around nerve cells. They discovered that by the age of nine months, the process was visible in all brain areas and in some regions had developed a near adult-like level. "We...

2010-08-31 13:30:59

The coming weeks mark the return to school for many of our youngest citizens. Sadly the satisfaction of making new friends and obtaining good test scores may be overshadowed by the prospect of substance abuse for some school-aged adolescents. The previous decade has witnessed a two-fold increase in both alcohol consumption and intoxication by adolescents age 12 to 17.1,2 In an effort to combat these startling findings, researchers at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry describe a...

2010-02-13 08:29:32

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King's College London, have identified numerous novel regions of the genome where the chemical modifications involved in controlling gene expression are influenced by either genetic variation or the parental origin of that particular stretch of DNA. This contradicts previous assumptions that epigenetic signals are generally equal across both copies of a given region of the genome, except at a small number of known imprinted genes. Sequencing...

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2009-12-02 07:19:21

New research suggests that those smoking potent "skunk" marijuana have a greater chance of developing psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia than people smoking other types of cannabis. The research shows that regular users have twice the risk of developing psychosis, while skunk users increase their risk by seven-fold. The findings, published in British Journal of Psychiatry, come only weeks after the UK's chief drugs adviser was fired after criticizing the government's decision to...

2009-10-06 09:55:13

Over 90% of people with mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders in low and middle income countries go untreated, an inequity known as the mental health "treatment gap." This week PLoS Medicine kicks off a major new series aimed at helping to close the gap. The series coincides with the October 9th 2009 launch of the Centre for Global Mental Health, a collaborative initiative of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the King's Health Partners Academic Health...