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News, Media & Opportunities

In this section you can find information about the latest media coverage of the Department of Old Age Psychiatry. Our researchers are often involved in projects that feature in newspapers, magazines and television. 

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All current job opportunities at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) are advertised via the KCL-wide list

Richard Killick on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme

Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry Dr Richard Killick was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme on 20th September 2018 about his discovery of a vicious positive feedback loop underlying brain degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease and the potential role of the drug Fasudil in combating it. It is currently available on iPlayer from 1:23:40.

Other press coverage of the research can be found in The Independent and The Times (paywall).

Dennis Hill Prize 2016

Clinical Lecturer Trainee in Old Age Psychiatry Jonathan Huntley won the Dennis Hill Prize for Higher Trainees for his poster titled "Adaptive working memory strategy training in early Alzheimer’s disease: a randomised controlled trial"

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Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia Outcomes Book published

The Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia Clinical Academic Group (MHOAD CAG) has published its first outcomes book.

The book sets out the CAG's achievements, its vision for how services will continue to develop, and describes the practical involvement and engagement of the CAG's service users and carers at all levels of its work. It also highlights the clinical services which the CAG offers, clinical care pathways for older paople, education and training, qualitative research with CAG's nurses and academic research and innovations.

Professor Robert Howard CAG Lead, Dr Daniel Harwood CAG Clinical Director and David Norman CAG Service Director, said: “Providing high quality care and measuring our performance is integral to our services, and this publication demonstrates the ongoing importance of specialist mental health services for the older adult population. It also highlights the impressive array of clinical and academic activity across our CAG and the dedication of those working for the benefit of our service users and their careers.”

Do Negative Thoughts Increase Risk of Alzheimer's Disease? 

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London have proposed that repetitive negative thinking (RNT), a common symptom of many psychological disorders, may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The story can be found here.

Dr Natalie Marchant and Professor Robert Howard from the Department of Old Age Psychiatry are the authors of the study.

Significant step towards blood test for Alzheimer's

A study just published in Alzheimer's & Dementia:
The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
, is the result
of an international collaboration led by King’s College London
and Proteome Sciences plc, funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK,
the UK Medical Research Council, the National Institute for
Health Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre
Proteome Sciences. 

Dr Abdul Hye, from the Department of Old Age Psychiatry is the lead author
of the study which you can find here:

Plasma proteins predict conversion to dementia from prodromal disease

BBC Radio 4 - In Touch. 20th May 2014

Dr Dominic ffytche talks about visual hallucinations and his research which shows they are more prevalent than we previously thought.  Listen to the show here


Bedlam wins a BAFTA

In May 2014 Bedlam was awarded a BAFTA television award in the 'best factual series' category.  You can watch the Bedlam team receiving the award and an interview with the producers at the ceremony on the following link:


G8 Dementia Summit

The G8 Dementia Summit took place in London on 11 December.  Professor Simon Lovestone, from the Department of Old Age Psychiatry, sets out what he hopes the Summit will achieve, the challenges of developing new therapies for dementia, and the real possibilities of one day preventing this devastating disease.

Read Professor Lovestone’s blog about the importance of electronic medical records  


Bedlam, Channel4.  November 2013


Bedlam is a four- part documentary series which was aired on Channel 4 in November 2013. It gives the public an opportunity to see what really goes on inside the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. This landmark series aims to challenge stigma by exploring issues relating to mental health and the treatment of patients at the Maudsley.   

The last episode in the series, Breakdown, focuses on older adults and was aired at 9pm on 21st November.  It is still available to view on the Channel4 website.   

The number of older people with mental health problems is estimated to increase by a third over the next 15 years to 4.3 million, many of whom will end their lives in care homes and hospitals similar to the Older Adults Ward at the Maudsley hospital. In this final episode, viewers will be given the chance to observe the daily life of patients at the hospital and hear from members of staff in our department who are heavily involved in global research relating to Alzheimer’s and other mental illnesses. 

For more information regarding SLaM and the Bedlam series, click here

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