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PhD students "a credit" to the Institute of Psychiatry

30 July 2009

IoP PhD students Andrew Ternouth, Michelle Lupton, Oliver Suendermann and Helen Fisher presented their research to great acclaim at the King’s College London inaugural Health Schools Graduate Showcase Research Event last week. The two day celebration showcased King's Health Schools most talented and promising young researchers.

Around 700 staff, students and friends of King's joined in the event to celebrate King's graduate talent. The showcase included oral presentations from selected final year PhD students on subjects ranging from the economics of stroke to the potential of embyronic stem cells for cell replacement therapy for diabetes. Around 100 posters were presented from all years of PhD students including contributions from Christoph Anacker, Sybille Dihanich, Claire Garwood, Doris Stangl, Lot Sternheim and Alessia Usardi from the Institute of Psychiatry.

The IoP presentations were as follows

Obesity: genetics and overlap with mood disorders – Andrew Ternouth, Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (MRC)

Rare variant discovery using pooled DNA for next generation sequencing; multiple alleles of the ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) gene at risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease – Michelle Lupton, Department of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry

Experimental investigations of memory process in the development of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Oliver Suendermann – Department of Psychology

Childhood adversity and psychosis: Is it all down to genes? Helen Fisher, Department of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry

Richard Barnard, Director of Administration and Institute Secretary, IoP said: 'I was extremely impressed by all the presentations. The students were a true credit to the Institute of Psychiatry and to King’s College London.'

Professor Simon Lovestone, supervisor to Michelle Lupton added: 'The presentations and posters by students representing the Institute of Psychiatry at the KCL Graduate Showcase were highly praised.  They reflected not only the high calibre of researcher we have here but the breadth of our research and the quality of our teaching.'

The event provided a stimulating forum for all those who attended to network, exchange views and consider new perspectives. At the end of the second day, all attendees were invited to the Guy’s and St Thomas’s Summer Party to celebrate with colleagues and round off the Showcase.

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