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No other mental illness is misrepresented in popular media quite like schizophrenia. What are the facts, and what is fiction? Our speakers will take you on a journey from the microscopic molecular factors involved in the development of the condition, to how we can use innovative methods, such as a smartphone app, to manage mental health.
Smartphones for Schizophrenia, Seriously?
Many people diagnosed with schizophrenia continue to face stigma and discrimination, and other inequalities leading to vastly increased mortality. Digital “Apps” are being trialled across the world as a potential means of addressing these longstanding problems. Steph will highlight some of the major challenges faced within this relatively new field of research (some of which will be very familiar to wider conversations about the role of digital in ALL of our lives), and also how researchers looking beyond the university could help move it forward.
Schizophrenia Under a Microscope
Ashleigh Willis (PhD Student, University of Glasgow)
Ashleigh is a neuroscience PhD student at the University of Glasgow researching the biological underpinnings of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia generally presents itself in late adolescence but has deep roots in very early brain development. The illness arises from a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors that pose a mystery to neuroscientists. During her talk, we’ll explore schizophrenia at the microscopic level, examine the cellular clues that may help our understanding, and discuss what we might learn about schizophrenia from experiments in a petri dish.