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Lauren Atkinson

BSc(Hons), MSc

DPhil Student

I am a DPhil candidate in the Collaborative Oxford Network for Bipolar Research to Improve Outcomes (CONBRIO;

My research interests focus on the cognitive neuroscience of Bipolar Disorder and other disorders that demonstrate mood instability. I hope to develop an understanding of the potential relationship between mood and neural instability, and whether this instability relates to impairments in emotional regulation and cognition for individuals experiencing high mood instability. In order to understand these concepts, I am using techniques such as prospective, automated mood monitoring, longitudinal cognitive assessment and magnetoencephalography (MEG). It is hoped that findings from these methods may provide targets for experimental medicine interventions and help to transform the understanding and treatment of Bipolar Disorder. 

Prior to becoming a DPhil student, I was a Research Assistant at University of Oxford for 3 years researching differences in mood instability between Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and healthy individuals (Automated Monitoring of Symptom Severity - AMoSS), and working on a cohort study to develop self-management approaches for patients with Bipolar Disorder (OXTEXT and True Colours). I completed an MSc in Psychiatric Research at Kings College London, and a BSc in Psychology at the University of Birmingham.

In addition to my studies, I am the group co-ordinator of B involveD - a patient and public involvement group for Bipolar Disorder Research in Oxford. The purpose of the group is to collaborate with patients and the public as active partners in guiding and developing research in the hope that research then responds better to the needs and interests of patients. Please get in touch if you would like to undergo any PPI activities related to Bipolar Disorder or other mood disorders.

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