BRC/U Awards for Independent Researchers

The winners of two awards sponsored by the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and Dementia Unit (BRC/U) were celebrated at a special “Parade of Stars” event held at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) in April.

Postdoctoral researchers Tom Barry and Jessica Agnew-Blais received Independent Researcher Awards from the NIHR Maudsley BRC/U.  The awards support grant proposals for small pilot studies specifically aligned with NIHR’s priority of improving the health and wealth of the nation through research. 

The awards were presented at the IoPPN’s annual Parade of Stars event, which showcases and celebrates research at all levels across the IoPPN.

Tom Barry’s project will examine whether age-related differences in the inhibition of fear might be one factor explaining why adolescence is such a high-risk juncture for the emergence of anxiety problems. 

Jessica Agnew-Blaise’s project looks at individuals who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in young adulthood, but did not have the disorder in childhood – so-called “late-onset” ADHD.  The project aims to understand whether the impairments in executive functioning and memory which are characteristic of childhood ADHD are also seen in the late-onset disorder.

The two BRC/U awards are part of the IoPPN Independent Researcher awards, a joint initiative of the IoPPN’s Research Innovation Committee (RIC) and Postdoc Committee.  Six annual awards, two of which are sponsored by the BRC/U, recognise independent research ideas developed by postdoctoral students at the IoPPN.  The awards are intended to help provide preparatory work for future fellowship applications.

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By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 6 May 2016, 11:41 AM

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