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2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: Lydia Poole 

Title: 'Psychological and biological determinants of emotional adaptation and recovery after cardiac surgery

Date & Time: Friday 18th March

Venue: G37 & G38


Recovery after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is known to be influenced by patients’ emotional responses and behaviour, as well as by clinical management and disease severity. Biological factors such as neuroendocrine and inflammatory factors, and cognitive processes such as illness perceptions, are also likely to play an important role; indeed, they in turn may affect quality of life and depression. The mechanisms linking biological responses and illness perceptions to recovery are not well understood. This PhD will test the hypothesis that biological and cognitive factors will affect both short and longer-term emotional adaptation and recovery, independent of clinical and demographic factors. I propose to test this hypothesis in a larger study funded by the BHF involving 250 elective CABG patients - The ARCS Study. In this talk I will present the study methodology and data from the pilot study todemonstrate the suitability and feasibility of the ARCS study design and measures. I will also present some preliminary data in support of the role of illness perceptions in the relationship between depression and poor prognosis. I will conclude this presentation by summarising my future analyses plans and the timeline for completion of my PhD.

Lydia Poole was awarded first class honours for a 4-year BSc in Psychology at the University of Bath in 2006, including a one year academic placement in neuropsychiatry at Hunter New England Mental Health in Newcastle, Australia. On graduation, Lydia worked as a rehabilitation assistant for Headway, a brain injury organization. In 2007/8 she undertook an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of London (KCL and UCL) for which she was awarded a distinction. Lydia secured funding for this Master’s with a scholarship awarded by the Medical Research Council. Lydia worked as a full-time research assistant in the Psychobiology Group, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL, for a year following the completion of her MSc. In 2009 she was awarded a studentship from the British Heart Foundation for the PhD research project: “Neuroendocrine and inflammatory factors in adjustments and recovery after cardiac surgery”, to be conducted under the supervision of Prof Andrew Steptoe, Dr Mark Hamer and Prof Marjan Jahangiri (St George's Hospital).

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