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29 August 2018: Cannabis extract helps reset brain function in psychosis

Research from King’s College London has found that a single dose of the cannabis extract cannabidiol can help reduce brain function abnormalities seen in people with psychosis. Results from a new MRC-funded trial, published in JAMA Psychiatry, provide the first evidence of how cannabidiol acts in the brain to reduce psychotic symptoms.

01 August 2018: Neuroimaging study identifies novel psychosis-related brain activity in adolescents

Researchers at King’s College London have carried out the largest neuroimaging study examining psychotic-like experiences in adolescents to date, and identified previously undiscovered changes in brain activity occurring between the ages of 14 and 19 years.

19 July 2018: Brain volume drops in patients with PTSD

Researchers at King's College London and the University of Sussex have found that the volume of various brain regions is reduced in people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They suggest that having a small skull volume might be a risk factor for developing PTSD following a traumatic experience.

25 April 2018: Engaging in physical activity decreases people's chance of developing depression

An international team including researchers from King’s College London have found physical activity can protect against the emergence of depression, regardless of age and geographical region.

14 February 2018: IoPPN Professors announced as President and Secretary of Schizophrenia International Research Society

On 12 February 2018 the Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) announced that Professor Dame Til Wykes has been elected as President, and Professor Paola Dazzan has been elected as Secretary.

12 February 2018:  Pioneering technique helps people with schizophrenia control brain activity

For the first time, new research shows people with schizophrenia can train themselves to control brain regions linked to verbal hallucinations, using an MRI scanner and a computerised rocket game. 

10 January 2018: Study suggests exposure to trees, the sky and birdsong in cities beneficial for mental wellbeing

Researchers at King’s College London, landscape architects J & L Gibbons and art foundation Nomad Projects have used smartphone-based technology to assess the relationship between nature in cities and momentary mental wellbeing in real time.

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