Women's Mental Health

Mental illness has many gender-specific aspects that clinical research has not always addressed. For example, in conditions such as schizophrenia, the age of onset and pattern of symptoms commonly seen is different for women and men. Women and men may also respond differently to medications or other treatments. In addition, changes in the level of sex hormones such as estrogen are known to affect symptoms.

The Women’s Mental Health team is working on numerous aspects of women’s mental health, the experiences of women with mental illness and potential options for treatment. To find out more about current projects click here.

One particular focus of our research is the role of the neuroendocrine system in mental illnesses, and specifically the use of female hormones to improve the results of treatment. We are conducting ground-breaking research into the use of estrogen to improve symptoms in schizophrenia and the use of selective brain estrogens in postmenopausal women. We are also exploring possible links between the oral contraceptive pill and depression.

Another important project is NRAMP, the National Register of Antipsychotic Medications in Pregnancy. This is the first register of its kind worldwide. NRAMP aims to create a database of information about the effects of antipsychotic medications taken during pregnancy and the postnatal period. More information about NRAMP is available here

You can watch an overview here.

 

Women’s Mental Health Research Team

Team Leader
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni

Team Coordinators
Emmy Gavrilidis
Caroline Gurvich

Research Fellow
Dr Rosie Worsley 
 
Senior Registrar 
Dr Aife Worsley 

Research Nurse
Heather Gilbert

Post Doctoral Researchers
Jasmin Grigg
Natalie Thomas
 
Research Assistants
Gayan De Mel
Amelia Arnold
 
WMH Clinic Coordinators
Cindy Yu
Michaela Corr

Endocrinologist
Dr Caroline Thew
 
 

 

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