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The concept behind the Lighthouse Parent Programme

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Spring Conference, Virtual Meeting, 25-26 March 2021 Mr Gerry Byrne, Consultant Nurse, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and Adult Psychotherapist, is Head of Attachment and Perinatal Services for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Infant Parent Perinatal Service, and the ReConnect Service. Mr Byrne is also the founder of the…

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The importance of psychiatric diagnosis

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Spring Conference, Virtual Meeting, 25-26 March 2021 Prof Tom Burns, Professor Emeritus of Social Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, spoke at the conference about the importance of diagnosis in psychiatric care. Prof Burns began by highlighting to the audience the fact that clinical psychiatry is a relatively new…

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Neuroscience for psychiatrists

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Spring Conference, Virtual Meeting, 25-26 March 2021 Dr Wendy Burn, former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), and Dr Gareth Cuttle, Project Manager of the RCPsych Neuroscience Project, spoke at the conference about the RCPsych Neuroscience Project, which began in 2016 as a two-year initiative and was…

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The issues surrounding medical research

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Spring Conference, Virtual Meeting, 25-26 March 2021 The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland held its second virtual meeting on 25-26 March 2021. The theme of the Spring Conference was ‘Science and Psychiatry,’ and featured many interesting speakers and presentations over the two days.Prof Seamus O’Mahony recently retired as Consultant…

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The effect of cannabis on the adolescent brain

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Online Winter Conference, 6 November 2020 Prof Hugh Garavan, Professor of Psychiatry at University of Vermont, spoke at the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI) Online Winter Conference 2020, which took place on Friday 6 November, about his research into the effects of cannabis on the adolescent brain. This year’s…

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Antipsychotic weight gain and inflammation in children and adolescents

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Online Winter Conference, 6 November 2020 Dr Karen Conlan is a Senior Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is currently carrying out a PhD in Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, Dublin, and is investigating whether antipsychotic related weight gain in children and adolescents is associated with inflammation. This is…

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An introduction to evolutionary psychiatry

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Online Winter Conference, 6 November 2020 Prof Henry O’Connell, Dr Diarmuid Boyle, and Dr Mara Petrut from Limerick Mental Health Services delivered a joint presentation to the conference on the importance of evolutionary psychiatry. Dr O’Connell prefaced the presentation by stating that evolutionary theory is “effectively ignored” in both medicine…

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Patients’ perception of involuntary psychiatric admission

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Online Winter Conference, 6 November 2020 Dr James McLoughlin from Sherwood House, Galway, presented his findings on individuals’ perceived procedural justice following involuntary psychiatric admission at the CPsychI Winter Conference 2020. He was announced as the trainee oral presentation winner for this presentation. Dr McLoughlin began by stating that procedural…

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Impact of Covid-19 on old age patient mental health and service provision

College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Online Winter Conference, 6 November 2020 Dr Rachel Wallace, who is based in St James’s Hospital, Dublin, presented two research studies on older individuals, which she carried out in the hospital during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. She began by reminding attendees that there was a “huge amount…

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CPD Module- Prescribing antipsychotic medication in the treatment of schizophrenia

2 CPD Hours Authors Dr Zeeshan Mumtaz, Registrar Psychiatry, and Dr Daniel Herlihy, Consultant Psychiatrist, St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny Reviewed ByDr Daniel Herlihy, Consultant Psychiatrist, St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny This module discusses the rationale for prescibing antipsychotic medication. The importance of involving the patient in the choice depending on the side effect profile of the…

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