Institute for Mental Health at Schizophrenia International Research Society 2022 Annual Congress

Members of the Institute for Mental Health have been recognised at the recent Schizophrenia International Research Society 2022 Annual Congress.

Paris Lalousis and Fabiana Corsi-Zuelli

Paris Lalousis and Fabiana Corsi-Zuelli

Sian Lowri Griffiths, Research Fellow co-chaired and spoke at a symposium on Social Disadvantage and Health Inequalities and Priestly PhD Student, Rosa Ritunnano chaired a Symposium on Phenomenological Psychiatry.

PhD students Alex Murray and Connor Dunleavy, visiting PhD Student Fabiana Corsi-Zuelli, Post-doctoral researcher John Williams and Academic Clinical Fellows Mrunal Bhandawar and Edward Palmer presented posters.

Connor, supervised by Sarah Aldred, Rachel Upthegrove and Stephen Wood was awarded the Schizophrenia Research Poster Award for his work entitled Brains in a Dish! Utilising Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) to Investigate Inflammatory Dysfunction in Schizophrenia.

And the success continued with Paris Lalousis and Fabiana Corsi-Zuelli awarded with the Early Career Award.

Much of the work presented is related to ongoing projects led by the University of Birmingham IMH Early Intervention research group, including Psychosis Immune Mechanism Stratified Study , ADEPP and EPICare and featured recent accepted publications

The Institute for Mental Health continues to use multiple ways to interrogate immune dysfunction and targets for novel treatments to prevent poor outcome in psychosis.

This was an important chance to meet in person as a group of researchers with a common goal of improving treatment options for severe mental illness. We were able to meet together with international collaborators, discuss our work and new ideas. The conference had a strong lived experience presence, and emphasised diversity in keynote and other speakers, which was a pleasure to see.

Professor Rachel Upthegrove