Host: School of Psychological Sciences and Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health
Senior speaker: Dr Peter Talbot, IBBMH: “Neuroinflammation in unmedicated major depression and schizophrenia - PET imaging evidence for microglial activation”
Dr Peter Talbot is Senior Lecturer in Molecular Neuroimaging and an Associate Director at the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre. His research interest is the use of positron emission tomography (PET) imaging to investigate abnormal brain mechanisms in severe mental illness, particularly psychosis, affective disorders and impulsivity. His current research focus is on the detection of microglial activation as a potential indicator of neuroinflammation in major depression and schizophrenia. In his clinical work he is Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and Director of the Specialist Service for Affective Disorders, a regional tertiary-level NHS clinic.
Junior speaker: Dr Sandra Bucci, SPS: “The impact of cannabis misuse on clinical outcomes in psychosis: reflections on psychological trials for cannabis and psychosis”
Dr Sandra Bucci is a clinical psychologist who trained and qualified in Australia before moving to the UK in 2007. She has worked in the area of psychosis, in either a clinical or research capacity, for 15 years. She is currently a lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester and her main area of research focuses on developing interventions for psychosis, including increasing access to healthcare using innovative methods of treatment delivery, substance misuse and psychosis, and understanding the mechanisms of psychotic symptoms. She works clinically at the complex cases team in North Manchester with a range of service users with complex mental health problems.
Who is it for?
The monthly Faculty Research Series events are open to all staff and students from across the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences and the University, offering an opportunity to celebrate research achievement and stimulate scientific interaction. Each month, one host School or Institute from the Faculty will pair with a different School or Institute to highlight and showcase similar topics from different perspectives.
Please note that places will be limited so registration is essential, please register via Eventbrite
Full list of Faculty Research Series dates
Held on Wednesday lunchtimes, each meeting lasts an hour, including two 20-25 minute presentations – one from a junior and one from a more senior member of Faculty staff. Each presentation will be followed by a short discussion.
The event runs from 12:30 - 2.00pm; a buffet lunch will be available from 12.30pm in the lounge area. Presentations begin at 1pm.