Congratulations to three MQ researchers who have recently been recognized for their groundbreaking contributions to mental health research!
Professor Rory O’Connor, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Suicidal Behavior Research Laboratory at the University of Glasgow, has been awarded the 2023 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s prestigious research award. Rory has just The third person is from the UK and the first person is from ScotlandFor his contribution to our understanding of suicidal behavior and his work on preventing it.
Rory has also co-hosted the MQ Open Mind podcast, which you can listen to over here.
Professor Ann Jun, Director of DATAMIND and PI for the MQ teen data platform, received an award Frances Hogan Medal 2022 For her work in preventing suicide and self-harm. As a pioneer in the use of data science in mental health research, Anne’s work has already led to policy changes around young people’s mental health and the release of new guidance for schools in Wales to help prevent self-harm.
Awarded annually, the Frances Hogan Medal recognizes the contribution of outstanding women associated with Wales in the fields of science, medicine, engineering, technology or mathematics.
Dr. Maxime Tackett of the University of Oxford received an award Basic Psychological Trainee of the Year Award From the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Max posted recently this paper From his MQ-supported study on brain fog in prolonged COVID patients. He hopes that by learning more about the physical causes of cognitive decline, or ‘brain fog’ caused by COVID, he can develop effective interventions for it, which could also be used for other conditions, such as MS or dementia patients.