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  • Apr 27 / 2021
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Authors, Rita Ibrahim

3MT Final 2021- MVLS- Diet and Genes: One Size Does Not Fit All

We are currently facing a global nutrition crisis whereby diseases such as obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are drastically increasing in prevalence. Diet plays a huge role in those diseases; however, currently there is no universal diet that provides the same benefit for everyone. My project aims to tackle the question of why we all respond to diets differently. One source of this variation is our DNA! I aim to look at how DNA, in different compartments of our cell: the nucleus and the mitochondria, communicate with each other and decide the health-outcome of a diet. I will be using fruit flies to conduct my experiments because humans share 75% of their disease-related genes with them. By understanding the interaction between the nucleus and mitochondria, we will have a better understanding of nutrition-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity. This will not only help us minimise the risk of those diseases in us but also in our children and generations to come.

Link to the video: 3MT Final 2021- Rita Ibrahim- MVLS- Diet and Genes: One Size Does Not Fit All

Source: Researcher Development University of Glasgow Youtube Page

  • Apr 06 / 2021
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Current Affairs, Sophie Westrop

The health inequalities experienced by women with intellectual disabilities: A need for more research.

I was asked to contribute to the IHAWKES special on “Women” as my PhD relates to gender differences in the physical activity and sedentary behaviour of adults with intellectual disabilities. However, I want to take this special as an opportunity to raise awareness of the health inequalities experienced by women with intellectual disabilities and express a need for more researchers to address this issue.

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  • Mar 31 / 2021
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Cara Richardson, Current Affairs

Understanding Suicide Risk in Men

Suicides in men outnumber women in almost every country in the world (Naghavi, 2019), with the exception of the 15-19 year age group. In Scotland males accounted for almost 75% of all suicide deaths in 2019 (ScotPHO, 2020). Each life lost to suicide is a preventable tragedy and more needs to be done to understand the risk factors in individuals who take their own life.

A well-known theory in this field is the Gender Paradox of Suicide (Canetto & Sakinofsky, 1998) where women are more likely to attempt suicide, but men are more likely to die by suicide. Due to this increased risk in men we need to understand which risk factors are particularly relevant in this group. Recent reviews (Franklin et al., 2017; O’Connor & Nock, 2014; Turecki & Brent, 2016; Turecki et al., 2019) have highlighted advances in our understanding of risk factors for suicide in men and women, yet our ability to predict suicide remains no better than chance.

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  • Mar 03 / 2021
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Current Affairs, Emily Tweed


Almost exactly a year ago, I sat in Stirling train station on a brief break between meetings in Dundee and Glasgow, perched on a freezing metal bench and balancing my laptop, a headset, my mobile phone, and a cup of soup as I attempted to join a meeting of the Sustainable Business Travel working group. The topic? How we could encourage University of Glasgow colleagues to use Zoom as an alternative to in-person meetings.

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  • Dec 18 / 2020
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Alexandra Rose, Current Research, Uncategorized

RESEARCHER SHOWCASE: Alexandra Rose and The assessment of mood after severe brain injury

Alexandra Rose (CPsychol) is a Principal Clinical Psychologist based in a London hospital, working with patients with brain injury. Her research is focused on understanding the assessment of mood, depression and distress after severe brain injury. She is supervised by Professor Jonathan Evans and Dr Breda Cullen. Alex is in the 2nd year of pursuing her PhD in Psychological Medicine. She is studying remotely whilst continuing her clinical work and is being assisted financially by a Francis Newman Foundation grant.  The following is part of her project exploring the assessment of mood after severe brain injury.

  • Dec 17 / 2020
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Current Research, Warut Aunjitsakul

RESEARCHER SHOWCASE: Warut Aunjitsakul and maintenance mechanisms of social anxiety disorder in people with psychosis

Warut Aunjitsakul is a psychiatrist and clinical instructor from Prince of Songkla University, Thailand and very keen to develop theoretical understanding and improve psychological intervention in people with psychosis. He is now pursuing his PhD in Psychological Medicine.  

The following is part of Warut’s PhD project aiming to understand the maintenance mechanisms of social anxiety disorder in people with psychosis.