BDRN at the Hay Festival

Professor Lisa Jones and Professor Ian Jones were delighted to talk about bipolar disorder and the work of BDRN at the Hay Festival in June of this year.  We are very grateful to Clare Dolman, Vice Chair of Bipolar UK, who joined them on stage to talk about her own experiences of bipolar disorder. The Hay Read More …

Bipolar Awareness Day

  In recognition of Bipolar Awareness Day (4th October) and Mental Health Day (10th October), Professor Lisa Jones and Dr Katherine Gordon-Smith, led a session for members of the public entitled ‘Understanding Bipolar Disorder’ at The Hive in Worcester – Europe’s first joint university and public library. The national charity organisation Bipolar UK also launched a Read More …

BDRN Speaking at the Hay Festival

Professor Lisa Jones and Professor Ian Jones from BDRN are speaking about bipolar disorder at the Hay Festival on Thursday 2nd June 2016.  They will be in conversation with Clare Dolman, Vice Chair of Bipolar UK. The Hay Festival is an annual literature festival that takes place in Hay-on-Wye and is widely regarded as one Read More …

Professor Ian Jones provides Eastenders storyline advice

An episode of Eastenders aired recently featuring a ground breaking storyline on postpartum psychosis written with guidance from BDRN Principal Investigator Professor Ian Jones. Over 6.2 million people watched as popular character Stacey Branning experienced a severe episode of the condition, leading to a dramatic rooftop cliffhanger that will be resolved in Monday’s episode. Professor Ian Jones and Read More …

Exciting news for BDRN

We would like to update you about some exciting developments for BDRN. For many years BDRN has been a close collaboration between members of the team based at Cardiff University and the University of Birmingham. We are very pleased to announce that our Mood Disorders Research Group based in Birmingham has recently moved to the Read More …

Medications and mood

Last year we sent out a questionnaire with our annual newsletter and had a fantastic response (thank you!), with over 2500 people completing them. One of the questionnaires asked individuals if they had ever noticed if any drugs had affected their mood. A fourth year medical student at the University of Birmingham, Steve Crockett, took Read More …

Migraine, epilepsy and bipolar disorder

It is known that some people with bipolar disorder can also experience migraine, epilepsy and seizures; or both, but the reason for this is not known. Sarah Knott began her PhD study in October 2012 with the aim of investigating the relationship between bipolar disorder, migraine and epilepsy. Sarah is assessing the prevalence of migraine Read More …

New DNA findings for Unipolar depression

In the past year we have contributed to a number of published papers that have used data from the Depression Case Control (DeCC) and Depression Network (DeNT) family studies. One of these studies found that variations in DNA (called copy number variants) were associated with recurrent depression. These findings are an important step toward identifying the Read More …

Gambling and mood disorders

A number of participants may remember completing a questionnaire a couple of years ago asking about gambling habits and behaviours. Alice Metcalf, a medical student at the University of Birmingham completed her research project on the questionnaire responses for her intercalated BMedSc in Psychological Medicine. We are very proud of Alice, who obtained a first Read More …