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From illicit party drugs to established medical treatments, join us for a night of talks discussing what’s next for mental health treatment. Could ketamine clinics soon become the norm? Do cognitive-enhancing or anti-inflammatory drugs have the potential to treat depression? Is the future of mental health old drugs, but with new tricks?
Mental health disorders - anyone for aspirin?
Professor Peter Jones (Professor of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Medicine and Department of Psychiatry)
There have been few new medications for mental health disorders over the past 20 years. While the health burden from mental illness is growing and effective psychological therapies have increased in availability, there is a need for innovation in all therapeutic areas. The intimacy of relationships between inflammation, immunity and brain function has become clear, raising the prospect that anti-inflammatory drugs might have therapeutic benefit. This talk will review this exciting new development and suggest where knowledge is firm and and where it’s flaky.
Forget me not: new ways to improve memory problems in depression
Dr Muzaffer Kaser (NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry)
People with depression often experience memory problems or difficulties in making decisions. A major challenge is that such problems tend to be persistent and clinicians cannot offer enough help due to a lack of treatment options. In my talk, I will discuss the ways to approach this challenge with a particular focus on modafinil, a wakefulness-promoting drug that has the potential to improve memory and decision-making in depression.
Ketamine: a useful antidepressant or another epidemic in the making?
Professor Rupert McShane (Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford)
Ketamine and esketamine are rapidly acting antidepressants. How do they work? Can their effect be maintained? And how can we avoid over-prescription, backlash and stigma – the fate of most potent psychiatric treatments? Based on our experience of treating over 150 patients I will talk about the trials and tribulations of introducing this new treatment and about the problems that may lie ahead. And of course, there’s always the Brexit angle.
Alan Rogerson (Illustrator/cartoonist)
As part of the Creative Reactions project, Alan will be presenting artwork inspired by the research of speakers in this talk series. The artwork will also be on display at our Creative Reactions Exhibition at St Barnabas Church, 24 - 25 May.