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From Romania with Neuromania

The Nobel Prize winners David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel demonstrated that kittens deprived of sensory input in one eye at birth remained permanently blind in that eye.  The story of a blind kitten certainly tugs at the heart strings, but Hubel and Weisel, did not only demonstrate the irreversibility of the damage in the shut… Read more »

Better safe than sorry? The case of drinking alcohol during pregnancy

Picture perfect pregnancy Since the days when a pregnant Demi Moore posed proudly on the front cover of Vanity Fair, the media has bombarded us with images of what pregnancy should look like. Magazine covers display images of glowing women engaged in wholesome activities: drinking kale smoothies, attending yoga classes, or enjoying breezy countryside walks.… Read more »

How do services engage young people in treatment for first episode psychosis?

Psychosis is a medical condition that is most commonly characterised by visual hallucinations and voices, and/or by the presence of grandiose, persecutory or self-blaming delusions. A psychotic episode can be a terrifying and often traumatic experience for young people. This is especially true for those that have previously had limited exposure to or awareness of… Read more »

Generation Z: “We are Young, Not Stupid”

Last year Giacomo Mazzariol, a 20-year-old Italian writer, was presenting his book in schools all over Italy, when he had the idea to develop a blog that could give “generation Z” (people born between 1995 and 2010) a space to have their voices heard. Indeed, although the school teachers he met described their students as… Read more »

Refocus on Recovery, 18th-20th September 2017

Conference Organizer: Mental Health Foundation Monday 18th-Wednesday 20th September 2017 Nottingham Conference Centre Abstract: Refocus on Recovery 2017 is the largest regular scientific conference on recovery in the world, and is all about recovery for people with mental health problems, and presenting world-leading research about how people can live well with illness.  Four themes have… Read more »

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Service User Experience in Mental Health, 12th May 2017

Conference Organizer: HC-UK Friday 12th May 2017 De Vere West One, London Abstract: Through national updates, lived experience and practical case studies the conference will provide a step by step guide to measuring, monitoring and improving service user experience in mental health services. Expert sessions will focus on monitoring adherence to the NICE Quality Standard on… Read more »

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