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IMH Lunchtime Seminar - Sian Lowri Griffiths

Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
Monday 9th November 2020 (13:00-14:00)

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Structure and stability of symptoms in non-remitted first episode psychosis

with Sian Lowri Griffiths, PhD; Institute for Mental Health, University of Birmingham

In early psychosis, when illness trajectories are developing, symptoms may be heterogeneous, fluid, and inter-related. Network analysis enables the exploration of dynamic systems within complex psychopathologies, potentially allowing for the identification of new treatment targets.

This talk will present data from a large national cohort of young people with first episode psychosis, and discuss how a novel network modelling approach may be applied to compare networks of differing illness outcomes.

We hope to demonstrate the utility of using network analysis to discern the network structures and key symptom interactions in individuals who are likely on a pathway to treatment resistance.

Dr Griffiths is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Mental Health, University of Birmingham. She is currently working on the MRC funded collaborative research study investigating the causal role of innate immunity in psychosis, which aims to develop new targeted treatment approaches. Dr Griffiths has extensive experience working on large clinical studies in psychosis. Her research interests include heterogeneity in treatment outcomes, and incomplete recovery in first episode psychosis. 

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