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NIHR Maudsley BRC PhD students' videos

These short videos (from 2015) feature a small number of our PhD students communicating their research.

Our PhD students are registered at King's College London, based at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and supported by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

After her Psychology undergraduate degree, Savani began working as a researcher in the Section of Eating Disorders, King's College London (KCL), which inspired her to pursue a PhD in the subject. In the video below, she discusses her PhD project which looks at transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and whether it can benefit those with eating disorders.  Read more about Savani Bartholdy and her research project.


In his video, 'Going from here to there: Connectivity in our brains', Simone Ciufolini discusses the techniques used to understand how different parts of the brain are connected:

Olivia's PhD focuses on dementia and Parkinson's disease. In this video she discusses her research into mitochondrial dysfunction and whether it's associated with the development of dementia in people with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's disease.  Read more about Oliva Duncan and her research project.

Enrico Fantoni is an applied chemist with a focus on nuclear imaging sciences. In this video he discusses whether neuroinflammation plays a role in Alzheimer's disease by looking at it from a molecular level, and making use of radioactive isotopes.  Read more about Enrico Fantoni and his research project.

Ting's PhD looks at how the cerebellum works and the developmental disorders it faces. In her research she looks at where cells that express SOX genes in the brain develop in the embryo, and aims to make sense of how cells make and send complex signals. In the video below she discusses her research further:

For 30% of people in the UK, medication prescribed for epilepsy does not work efficiently. PhD student, Suejen Perani, is researching into why this is the case. In this video, she discusses how using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the metabolic changes in the brain's neurons can predict how a patient will respond to medication.  Read more about Suejen Perani and her research project.

With an interest in how children who struggle with behavioural problems or experience hardship navigate through life, Jasmin's PhD project focuses on the role of genes in the equation. By studying a large sample of twins (identical and non-identical) she hopes to understand why aggression develops and how it can be prevented, which she discusses in this short video.  Read more about Jasmin Wertz and her research project.