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Epilepsy is a common neurological condition with a controversial past. The cause was unknown and often shrouded in mystery, with little is known about the specific genes responsible for the most common forms of the disorder. This is particularly important when we consider that a third of the 65 million patients worldwide will not become seizure free using current treatment options. To find new epilepsy genes, a large study was undertaken by more than 150 researchers from multiple centres in the UK, Europe, USA, Brazil, Hong Kong and Australia as part of the International League Against Epilepsy Consortium on Complex Epilepsies.

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A new series on BBC Radio 4 explored the history of delusions and includes interviews with two Institute of Mental Health research advisors who have experienced extreme delusions in their lives.

A diagnostic tool that can be used by mental health clinicians to assess children and teenagers is to be evaluated by experts from the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health, thanks to a £1.5m NIHR grant.

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New research from the Centre for Health and Justice, commissioned by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), was conducted through a targeted survey of people with mental health concerns in England and Wales and focus groups drawn from different geographical regions. Results reveal participants considered there to be a number of barriers to using the police complaints system with many unaware of how to complain or that they had a right to do so. Of those questioned in the survey, 42 per cent had not heard of the IOPC or IPCC, the body that pre-existed the IOPC.

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Two of the accredited VOICE training courses will be held at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, in Spring 2019. This training course introduces key evidence about effective communication for registered health care professionals who regularly work with people with dementia in an acute hospital setting.

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The communication needs of care home residents with dementia and hearing loss are often overlooked. The Centre for Dementia's ORCHARD study is launching a new art commission to illustrate its research findings.

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The Institute of Mental Health and the Royal College of Psychiatrists are pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Duncan Macmillan essay writing competition. The competition asked psychiatry trainees to share their ideas on “The next big thing in psychiatry”.

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We are seeking four new patient and public involvement advisors to join our advisory board for an initial two-year term.

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A major new event organised by people living with dementia is coming to Nottingham. "Life with Dementia" will take place on November 14th at Nottingham Racecourse and will see local people living with the condition offering advice and sharing their stories with others living with dementia.

We are inviting healthcare professionals to take part in workshops to discuss the lived experience of mothers with perinatal mental health conditions. During the workshops we want healthcare professionals to reflect on their practices of caring for mothers who experience mental health conditions during the perinatal period.

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From 29 to 31 October, the 28th Alzheimer Europe Conference “Making dementia a European priority” - organised in collaboration with CEAFA and Fundación Alzheimer España - will bring together over 800 delegates. Among those delegates will be a large group of representatives from the Institute of Mental Health’s Centre for Dementia. Ranging from early career researchers to leading dementia experts, the team will be delivering a range of oral and poster presentations.

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A new study assessing the care received by people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is looking to recruit participants in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

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Undergraduate Biomedical Science students from the University of Nottingham are looking for participants who have been diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia, or their carers, to participate in a new study looking at their use of the internet. 

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It’s World Mental Health Day and we’re excited to announce a range of new projects that we’re involved in that give people a chance to connect with mental health support if they need it.

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Dragon costumes, roses, paramedics and rock stars with guitars are all depicted as part of a new exhibition that seeks to help people understand post-traumatic stress and explore the process of recovery.

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From music and poetry, dance to hooping, the approach is creative and the ideals quite MAD…

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Tickets are now on sale for the NIHR MindTech MedTech co-operative for mental health annual symposium being held at the Royal College of Physicians in London on Wednesday 5th December.