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A team of researchers led by Professor Val Curran and Celia Morgan have been awarded first place in UCL’s ‘Brains on Film’ competition.

Their winning entry explains the effects of cannabis through animation and rap. It was produced in collaboration with teenagers from Music and Change, a charity aiming to improve the mental health of young people involved in gangs.

The film was supported by the Alexander Fleming Award from the Medical Research Foundation. www.cannabiseffects.org

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Dr Amanda Williams explains how clarifying the relationship between pain and depression could help design drugs that moderate the impact of chronic pain. Read: The Conversation
Dr Vyv Huddy (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) explains how the film Solaris by Andrei Tarkovsky can help us understand anxiety as a clinical condition. Read: The Guardian
E-cigarettes 'help smokers to quit' - A study led by Dr Jamie Brown and Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that people attempting to quit smoking without professional help are approximately 60% more likely to succeed if they use e-cigarettes. Read: BBC News
Dr Eamon McCrory explains how two dominant narratives "unfortunately distort the debate" on neuroscience and early intervention. Read: The Guardian
Dr Amanda C de C Williams examines the five biggest myths behind the understanding of pain. Read: The Conversation


Dr Aimee Spector has contributed to Age UK's report on 'Improving Later Life'


The new UCL's Centre for Behaviour Change has launched, directed by Professor Susan Michie. 


A team led by Professor Peter Fonagy have been awarded more than £1 million by the National Institute of Health Research to study the long-term efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a treatment for anti-social behaviour in adolescents. Read more.


3 UCL based project have received backing from ESRC and NIHR joint dementia initiative.  'Managing Agitation and Raising Quality of Life'  led by Gill Livingston,  'Seeing what they see,' led by Sebastien Crutch, and the PRIDE bid from Martin Orrell. Read the full press release here
Professor Val Curran comments on government plans to reclassify ketamine. Read more.


Helen Joffe, this year’s Lloyd’s Science of Risk winner revealed some fascinating “fatalistic” attitudes to earthquake risk. Read more.
Professor David Tuckett and Colleagues have been awarded $250,00 by the Institute for New Economic Thinking to set up a Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty.Read more.
Dr Jamie Brown has been awarded a 3-year academic fellowship from the Society for the Study of Addiction. 


Professor Chris Brewin has received the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, presented by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies
Dr Tom Freeman (Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit) has been shortlisted for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) annual scientific paper award. The award is given to publications that are of particularly merit for understanding the drugs problem in Europe. Click here to read paper.


Dr Amanda C. de C. Williams has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians


Professor Susan Michie has received the British Psychological Society award for Distinguished Contribution to Health Psychology
Ravi Das won an award at the British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) Summer Meeting for his poster on ‘Cannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers: Preliminary evidence’ 
Tom Freeman also won an award at the BAP summer meeting for his poster on ‘Pramipexole decreases urges to smoke and redresses an imbalance between drug and non-drug reward’


Stuart Twemlow, Peter Fonagy and François Sacco have been awarded one of three Psychoanalytic Research Exceptional Contribution Awards for their paper: Click here to read the paper


Peter Fonagy was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 
Essi Viding has received a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Awards


Peter Fonagy discussed ‘How to Stay Sane in an Insane World’ with Ruby Wax at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on 30th May. The event, which was a pilot for a potential series, aimed to raise awareness of mental health problems and reduce stigma.
Eamon McCrory and Essi Viding have both been named UCL SLMS Academic Role Models.
Peter Fonagy on BBC Radio 4 discussing borderline personality disorder


Celia Morgan and Chandni Hindocha have put together a website on the effects of cannabis in a public-engagement project funded by the Medical Research Council. The team has been working with the charity Music and Change to develop lyrics and an animated video, along with other teaching materials for schools and pupil referral units to encourage debate and provide information about cannabis use and mental health. The website has just gone live and mentors are beginning to visit schools. For more information
Dr Amanda C de C Williams has been awarded honorary membership of the British Pain Society

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