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Dr Olivia Kirtley (Post-Doctorate Researcher for Mental Health & Wellbeing)
What can emotional & physical pain research tell us about suicide and self-harm? Olivia’s research looks at physical pain tolerance in people who self-harm and how this relates to sensitivity and emotional pain. Her work also explores some of the factors that may be involved in someone moving from thinking about self-harm to acting upon those thoughts. She is part of a team at the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory in Glasgow who aim to conduct experimental research and apply theoretical models from different areas of psychology to enhance our understanding of self-harm and suicide.
The Compensation Culture if you’re an artery
Dr Simon Kennedy (Senior Lecturer)
Our arteries have a lot to deal with; being stretched and strained due to blood flow and having their walls eroded due to our fatty sugary diets. This can lead to familiar diseases such as atherosclerosis, when those dietary fats accumulate in a damaged artery making it narrower and less able to carry blood. However, the artery can fight back! Simon’s research has shown how changes in the muscle and fat cells in the artery wall can help it to compensate for these changes, which may help many of us stay healthier for longer.