Researcher in Spotlight – James Boardman

April 19th, 2018

In our website feature “Researcher in Spotlight” this month we ask our researcher James Boardman to tell us a bit more about himself. Could you give us a quick overview of your background and career so far? I studied medicine at UCL and took an intercalated BSc in Neuroscience during this time. I completed postgraduate paediatric training in London, including a part-time MSc in clinical paediatrics at UCL, and then took time out of the clinic to do my PhD …

Insights into depression could aid development of new treatments

March 25th, 2018

Dr Christos Gkogkas and colleagues have published a study that may shed light on why a certain category of antidepressant drugs stop working in some people. They have pinpointed a key molecule, eIF4E, that may protect the brain from depression.  The team studied mice that were bred to have defects in their ability to activate eIF4E and these animals showed signs of depression, including reduced levels of the hormone serotonin, which is a hallmark of the condition.  The mice also showed …

Researcher in Spotlight – Sue Fletcher-Watson

March 20th, 2018

In our website feature “Researcher in Spotlight” this month we ask our researcher Sue Fletcher-Watson to tell us a bit more about herself. Could you give us a quick overview of your background and career so far? I am a senior research fellow in developmental psychology, and the vast majority of my research has been with and for the autism community. I started out as a PhD student exploring the spontaneous looking patterns of autistic adults viewing photographs. Since then …