Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group (SPRiG)

Events - Upcoming SPRiG Seminars


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2024 seminar schedule:


Wednesday 28th February 4.00-5.00pm

Prof Filippo Varese: Professor of Clinical Psychology, NIHR Advanced Fellow and Director of the Manchester Complex Trauma and Resilience Research Unit, University of Manchester

“Using EMDR to address the trauma-related needs of clients supported by Early Intervention services: Emerging evidence from FEP and ARMS studies in the UK”

 Through this talk, Professor Filippo Varese will provide an overview of recent advancement in the understanding and treatment of psychotic experiences using EMDR – a trauma-focused psychological therapy of growing popularity in the UK and internationally. Filippo will particularly outline the findings of the EASE trial, a recent feasibility RCT of ‘EMDR for psychosis’ for service users with first episode psychosis supported by Early Intervention services, and insights from the ongoing RESTART trial, the first UK RCT of trauma-focused therapy for clients at ultra-high risk for psychosis.

Wednesday 27th March 4.00-5.00pm

Prof James Stone: Professor of Psychiatry, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

'Beyond dopamine – where are we now with the glutamate theory of

Changes in brain glutamate and interactions with the dopamine system have long been suspected to underlie the development of schizophrenia, although evidence has not always been consistent. In this talk, I will review the current evidence for the glutamate hypothesis of schizophrenia and the MAM model of psychosis, including findings from preclinical and clinical studies. I will consider whether glutamatergic neurotransmission should still be considered as a potential target for treatment, reviewing the findings from clinical trials of novel glutamatergic agents in schizophrenia. 

Wednesday 24th April 4.00-5.00pm
Details tbc.

Wednesday 29th May 4.00-5.00pm

Prof Craig Morgan: Professor of Social Epidemiology and Head of Health Service and Population Research Department, King’s College London

'INTREPID II project and new findings on ‘psychotic’ experiences in adolescents'

Wednesday 26th June 4.00-5.00pm

Dr Juliana Onwumere: Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at King’s College London

'Families and mental health'

There are no SPRiG seminars in July and August.