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Neil Nixon

Clinical Associate Professor in Adult Mood Disorder, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



I graduated Medicine at UCL in 1996, taking up Psychiatry training soon after and working as a Clinical Lecturer from 2001 - 2005 at the University of Nottingham. During this time I developed a clinical and research interest in Mood Disorders, including fMRI and clinical trials work. These interests came together later in work as a CLAHRC Fellow, leading through research to the successful implementation of what has now become the Nottingham Specialist Depression Service (with the main research paper published as Morriss et al, Lancet Psychiatry, 2016). This service has now been embedded at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS FT for more than 10 years, offering regional consultancy work and educational programmes. I continue to lead clinical developments in Mood Disorders as a Consultant, with an academic focus on translational research in Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder. For the last 5 years I have worked with NICE as part of the Guideline Development Group for Depression in Adults.

Expertise Summary

Clinical Trials and fMRI in Mood Disorders

Clinical treatment of Mood Disorders

History, Philosophy and Music in Psychiatry

Teaching Summary

Mood Disorders including the Clinical Management of Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder

History and Philosophy of Psychiatry

Music and Psychiatry

Research Summary

Research in biological interventions for Mood Disorders, including rTMS, novel medication and new applications of existing medication.

Researching the application of new technology in the assessment of Mood Disorders including automated assessment of behavioural primitive responses, virtual human guides and Point-of-Care testing.

Research in Mindfulness, including the application of Mindfulness iin staff groups.

Past Research

History of Psychiatry, including projects assessing psychiatric disorder in the c19th and comparisons with c20th administrative incidence (e.g. Nixon and Doody, Psychological Medicine, 2005).

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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