Understanding Schizophrenia Research

12 Jun 2014 16:59:00.283

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Two leading academics in Schizophrenia research from The University of Nottingham are holding a public event to better educate people about the illness. 

‘Schizophrenia Research – Towards Novel Treatments’– is taking place on Wednesday 18 June from 3 - 5pm at the International Community Centre on Mansfield Road in Nottingham.

The public event, which is primarily aimed at mental health workers and carers, will be presented by Dr Marie-Astrid Pezze and Dr Tobias Bast from the University’s School of Psychology.

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Marie and Tobias will deliver a session about schizophrenia and about the research aimed at discovering relevant brain mechanisms and new treatments. They will discuss schizophrenia symptoms, the burden caused by the illness, our current understanding of relevant brain mechanisms and current treatment challenges.

This will be an interactive presentation session with a Q&A section at the end.

Veronica Strain, Public Engagement with Research Manager, manages the Nottingham Catalyst programme – which aims to link research and public engagement across all faculties and schools at the University.

Veronica said: “We are really looking forward to running this public engagement event. The University of Nottingham is one of the UK’s leading and most enterprising universities, committed to producing world leading research. We are keen to share our research with the public when and where possible.

“The University of Nottingham on Tour is one way in which we are taking research out of the University to the public. This event will be delivered by two of our leading academics in Schizophrenia research. Marie and Tobias will discuss symptoms, impact of the illness, current treatment challenges and share their own research experiences in the field. We hope this event will appeal to mental health professionals and carers who wish to expand their knowledge of Schizophrenia research and treatment.”

The University of Nottingham on Tour is an experimental project to provide new and exciting platforms for public engagement with research. This pilot project will provide Nottingham academic and research staff with the opportunity to disseminate their work to the wider Nottingham public and provide individuals and communities with the opportunity to engage with research.

The pilot for Nottingham on Tour, which launched in June 2014, is part of the RCUK-funded Nottingham Catalyst project.

If you are interested in attending the event, parking is available nearby on Mansfield Road, at the Victoria Centre Car Park or Trinity Square Car Park.

You can RSVP online here.

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More information is available from Veronica Strain, Access & Communities at The University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 84 68747, veronica.strain@nottingham.ac.uk;

Charlotte Anscombe – Media Relations Manager (Arts and Social Sciences)

Email: charlotte.anscombe@nottingham.ac.uk  Phone:+44 (0)115 74 84 417 Location: University Park

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