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Psychiatry at BSMS has strengths in affective neuroscience, biological psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and psychological medicine.

Neuroimaging research programmes run by Prof Hugo Critchley (Chair in Psychiatry) and Prof Neil Harrison seek to define brain mechanisms underpinning normal and aberrant behaviours in psychiatric and neurological populations.

Dr Richard Whale leads on psychopharmacological research, Prof Hugo Critchley leads in psychosomatic medicine, and Prof Neil Harrison leads in psychoneuroimmunology. A shared interest in emotional neuroscience is complemented by clinical and applied research strengths in affective disorders (Dr Richard Bowskill and Dr Richard Whale).

BSMS Psychiatry is a partner in the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex, which supports research into dissociation in psychosis, self representation, awareness and disintegration. Clinical academics also run specialist (research-active) clinical services within the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, including Neurobehavioural Clinic (Critchley, Harrison), Old Age (Tabet) and First Episode Psychosis (Whale). BSMS Psychiatry is linked to the Sussex Psychosis Interest Group and MARS group (Mood and Anxiety Research in Sussex).

BSMS has built a strong research and clinical relationship with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in the area of biological psychiatry and neurodevelopmental conditions.



Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

The Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science pursues a powerful multidisciplinary approach to clinical intervention and diagnosis, based on the science of the complex brain networks that give rise to consciousness.

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Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG)

The Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG) incorporates clinical and academic researchers within the University of Sussex, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

SPRiG is part of the Clinical and Developmental research group at the University of Sussex.

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