Current Work

 

Here are some of the key projects I am working on...

They range from unravelling the complex GSK3beta genetic network underlying hippocampal changes in depression to working inside prisons introducing neuroscience concepts in a project called Life Inside the Cell. I am particularly focused on how we can use social media data to better understand and treat mental health in a range of projects (e.g., My Online Life using Facebook; Chicago Gang Networks using Twitter) and through the Summer 2017 Conference I will be hosting. I've got some publications coming out soon as well, ranging from Hip Hop Psych's latest material on Eminem to a cohort paper from the project I am Senior Manager on, Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network. More ideas are in the pipeline too. I strongly endorse the idea of working with others and sharing my knowledge, so you'll find some information here that contains preliminary, unpublished ideas and findings. It's how I roll.

 

GSK3beta genetic network in depression:

This work involves analyses of GSK3B genetic networks for associations with hippocampal volume in patients with recurrent major depressive disorder. Using two independent large data sets we found several genotype-genotype interactions associated with hippocampal volume...


LIFE INSIDE THE CELL:

This unique intitiative workshop will help prisoners to explore several key areas of neuroscience that are highly relevant to their situations and that are focused on the theme of synaptic plasticity. Participants are invited to co-author a publication describing the schematic shown above and what it means to them...


my online life

My Online Life project is based on a novel online-offline framework presented in a Lancet Psychiatry article that I recently wrote. It emphasises the need to enrich existing offline cohorts with historical records of social media data to look for clues on relates to clinical, behavioural and neurobiological changes across time...


Why Geneticists should LEVERAGE social media data

Myself and colleagues are thinking of ways in which geneticists could and should be using social media data. This effort is being translated into a manuscript being drafted for submission to Nature Genetics. Social media phenotypes provide rich longitudinal traces of social information and come with numerous advantages over offline measures. This contemporary approach to 'deep social phenotyping' needs to be urgently incorporated into genetics studies and existing cohorts as this will very rapidly add another layer...


erythropoietin treatment in mood Disorders, gsk3beta, THE HIPPOCAMPUS & COGNTION

I co-authored a study that was ranked amongst the most cited papers in Biological Psychiatry in 2016, showing that cognitive improvements in EPO-treated patients with mood disorders involves  increased hippocampal volume. Building on this work, myself and colleagues are preparing to submit an Invited Review to Biological Psychiatry about EPO and cognition in depression, also illustrating the importance of unearthing the cellular pathways governed by EPO treatment as...


SAFE LAB COLUMBIA university: SOCIAL work, social MEDIA & neuroscience partnership

I am working with the SAFE Lab "A research initiative focused on examine the ways youth of colour navigate violence on and offline" in order to examine neuropsychological themes in Chicago-based gang-involved Twitter data. This collaboration has just recently been formed and there are already several other ideas for working together being formed so watch this space! 


HIP HOP PSYCH

I am a co-founder along with Dr Akeem Sule of the social venture, HIP HOP PSYCH, which involves public health campaigning to de-stigmatise mental health in diverse settings (e.g., prisons, conference venues, nightclubs, African Caribbean Societies etc) by dissecting hip-hop lyrics for messages related to mental health. Our initiative also aims to improve recruitment of medical students into psychiatry and contribute ideas to research that refine psychotherapy and contribute to neuroscience advances. One of our latest achievements includes an essay we...


Neuroscience in psychiatry network 

I was the Senior Manager and a scientific contributor (2011-2016) for the Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network (NSPN), a £5.3 million grant awarded by the Wellcome Trust. I was responsible for NSPN governance, protocol development, ethics, R&D, developing operating procedures, study manuals, multi-site employment and management of scientific and clerical staff(~40 people), financial reporting, securing off-grant funding, sponsorship liaising, networking amongst NHS Trusts and organisations...


ETHICs, social media data & mental health

There are numerous current and emerging considerations to take into account when accessing social media data for mental health research purposes, such as ensuring that vulnerable individuals have a comprehensive and sustained understanding of what participation involves. Patient and public involvement (PPI) should play a fundamental role in research development and care provision to gain perspectives from those needing and using mental healthcare services. I have run PPI workshops with young..


More projects include exploring the role of the human kinome in Alzheimer's disease. I am also working in collaboration with the ALSPAC cohort to do a similar thing as I've done for My Online Life in a larger data set to test for replication.

 

More projects exist in the pipeline...coming soon.

 
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I'm teaming up with the highly reputable New York City designer, Seville Michelle, to do something totally innovative and utterly dop(amine).