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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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Involuntary psychiatric admission in Ireland

A detailed overview of the involuntary psychiatric admission process in Ireland and the supporting legislation There were 17,000 psychiatric admissions in Ireland in 2018, of which 2,225 were on an involuntary basis, according to the Health Research Board. As a result, 13.1 per cent of all admissions and 13.7 per cent of first admissions were…

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A new President for psychiatry

Catherine Reilly speaks to new President of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Dr William Flannery about challenges facing the specialty, including amid the current Covid-19 pandemic The planned theme of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Spring Conference 2020 was ‘keeping science in psychiatry’. The conference, which had been due to take place later…

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Latest developments in psychiatry

Sandra Ryan reports on the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Winter Conference, which was held in collaboration with its Northern counterpart This year’s Winter Conference of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland was held on November 14-15 in Belfast, a joint event held with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland. Specialists in psychiatry…

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