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Addictions Service User Research Group (SURG)

Within the Addictions Department, we work closely with our own Service User Research Group (SURG). The central aim of the SURG is to build meaningful and reciprocal relationships between addiction researchers and service users when thinking through research problems, designing studies, preparing grant applications and ultimately conducting and disseminating research. Addiction researchers benefit from having expert service users on hand to advise on their studies and group members benefit from research training, access to cutting edge information on emerging drug treatments, and some work experience.

Centre for Affective Disorders

The Centre for Affective Disorders (CfAD) focuses on mood and anxiety disorders which are common disorders which cause great suffering for many people. 

Affective Disorders Research Group

The group works to understand more about the neurobiological causes of mood disorders (also known as affective disorders); mental illnesses where the normal functioning of mood is disrupted, including clinical depression and bipolar disorder.

Alcohol Research Group

Based in the Addictions Department, the Section of Alcohol Research is led by Professor Colin Drummond and comprises a multidisciplinary research team. The team has a national and international reputation in conducting research, teaching, training, and policy work. It has been successful in attracting substantial external research grant funding for its work, and has been recognised by the UK Department of Health as having demonstrated important outputs and impacts. The group has developed a large network of collaborations with other research groups in the field nationally and internationally. 

Altering Behaviour in Children

Improving understanding of children with behavioural difficulties by assessing brain changes following parenting interventions 

Autism & Related Disorders (ARD) Lab

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are two major neuropsychiatric conditions that quite commonly occur together. In both conditions, genetic and non genetic factors are implicated.

Brain Imaging in Babies

The Brain Imaging in Babies study (BIBS) aims to improve understanding of how a baby's brain develops from before birth up until 3-4 years of age. Working with children from a variety of backgrounds and communities, we use a combination of state of the art diagnostic tools such as MRI scans alongside traditional behavioral assessments to capture the earliest information on infant brain development.

Cognition Schizophrenia and Imaging (CSI) team

The Cognition, Schizophrenia and Imaging Laboratory (CSI Lab) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, seeks to understand the core biological mechanisms responsible for the development and symptoms of psychotic illness. The research team works with both people with psychosis and healthy volunteers to find out more about the brain and why normal processes can fail


A randomised, double blind, placebo controlled parallel group trial of vitamin D supplementation compared to placebo in people presenting with their First Episode of psychosis Neuroprotection Design.



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