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I am currently about to begin the fourth year of my undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Westminster, having spent the last year of my degree on a work placement at the Institute of Psychiatry.
During my placement year I have been working as a research assistant in the department of psychosis studies, with Dr. Paola Dazzan, on the Psychiatry Research and Motherhood programme. The programme is divided into two sections; one investigating risk factors for postnatal depression and the study I have been assigned to researching risk factors of postpartum (or puerperal) psychosis.
As part of my placement I was offered the opportunity to present a poster at the BAP summer meeting. The poster investigated verbal memory in women at risk of postpartum psychosis (women with bipolar or schizoaffective disorder or a personal or family history of postpartum psychosis) compared to a healthy control group. The results suggested that women at risk of postpartum psychosis show verbal memory impairments similar to those of individuals at risk of other psychoses unrelated to childbirth.
Following my work experience, I hope to continue working on the current study during the final year of my degree and to pursue a career in this area of work once I finish. Katie Hazelgrove, Inst of Psychiatry
Verbal memory in postpartum psychosis
Adam Trist, Nottingham Univ
A potentially novel index of maternal-infant bond: bandwidths of B62DF1 mouse pup ultrasonic vocalisations are decreased by maternal chronic mild stress, effects which are blocked by maternal clomipramine treatment
Andrew Moriarty, Newcastle Univ
Neuropsychological and HPA-axis correlates of sleep in healthy subjects: Implications for bipolar affective disorder
Sirpreet Kaur Somal, Univ of Sussex
A proof-of-concept investigation of genotype-Dependent noradrenergic effects on memory
Launched in 2006, the Undergraduate Awards are awarded to the best psychopharmacology poster presentations at the meeting by undergraduate students.
The Awards provide undergraduates with the experience of attending a national scientific meeting and encourage young psychopharmacologists to pursue a research active career.
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