Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

North East Universities in Major Collaboration on Depression

27.09.2006
Two North East universities are benefiting from a grant of almost a quarter of a million pounds to research one of the most common problems of the 21st Century – depression.

The grant from the Leverhulme Trust will bring together researchers from Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland to look at the subject of depression, before ‘depression’.

Project leader Professor Allan Ingram from Northumbria University says: “Depression, like other forms of mental illness, has been a much discussed issue in modern societies. Yet depression, as a psychiatric term, dates only from the middle years of the 19th Century, when it acquired its currency in both medical and literary usage.

“Before the term depression was introduced, a wide range of terms was used to describe, with varying emphasis, the mental and physical experience of lowness of spirits. Although these terms often overlapped and appeared synonymous, they had cultural and scientific resonance within different social fields at different times and this will be explored during our research.”

The research project brings together a team of experienced English researchers and Professor Ingram will be joined by Northumbria lecturer Dr Clark Lawlor and Professor Richard Terry and Professor Stuart Sim, both from the University of Sunderland.

The study will focus on historical and literary works of the eighteenth century in Britain, including letters, journals, pamphlets and biographical and autobiographical works, looked at in the context of social, historical and medical issues of the time.

Professor Richard Terry, from the University of Sunderland says: “The study will provide a fascinating insight into the development of what we know and understand today as depression and we look forward to sharing our findings, which will feature in a series of publications and will be disseminated at an international conference and art exhibition in 2008.”

The research is being funded by The Leverhulme Trust, founded in 1925 following a bequest by Lever Brothers entrepreneur and philanthropist William Hesketh Lever, Lord Leverhulme of the Western Isles.

The Leverhulme Trust Director Professor Sir Richard Brook says:

“Lord Leverhulme was a great entrepreneur but he was also a philanthropist, supporting a variety of educational, religious, civic, community and medical causes. When the Trust was established, one of the key provisions was to provide scholarships for research and education. The Trustees are delighted to have the opportunity to provide funding for this innovative project, which looks at the historical context of a very real issue for modern day society”.

Ruth Laing | alfa
Further information:
http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/newsandevents

More articles from Social Sciences:

nachricht Sibling differences: Later-borns choose less prestigious programs at university
14.11.2017 | Max-Planck-Institut für demografische Forschung

nachricht Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ
09.11.2017 | Vanderbilt University

All articles from Social Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Nanoparticles help with malaria diagnosis – new rapid test in development

The WHO reports an estimated 429,000 malaria deaths each year. The disease mostly affects tropical and subtropical regions and in particular the African continent. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC teamed up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and the Institute of Tropical Medicine at the University of Tübingen for a new test method to detect malaria parasites in blood. The idea of the research project “NanoFRET” is to develop a highly sensitive and reliable rapid diagnostic test so that patient treatment can begin as early as possible.

Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted by mosquito bite. The most dangerous form of malaria is malaria tropica. Left untreated, it is fatal in most cases....

Im Focus: A “cosmic snake” reveals the structure of remote galaxies

The formation of stars in distant galaxies is still largely unexplored. For the first time, astron-omers at the University of Geneva have now been able to closely observe a star system six billion light-years away. In doing so, they are confirming earlier simulations made by the University of Zurich. One special effect is made possible by the multiple reflections of images that run through the cosmos like a snake.

Today, astronomers have a pretty accurate idea of how stars were formed in the recent cosmic past. But do these laws also apply to older galaxies? For around a...

Im Focus: Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn't mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.

That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people's visual ability and that these...

Im Focus: Novel Nano-CT device creates high-resolution 3D-X-rays of tiny velvet worm legs

Computer Tomography (CT) is a standard procedure in hospitals, but so far, the technology has not been suitable for imaging extremely small objects. In PNAS, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes a Nano-CT device that creates three-dimensional x-ray images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers. The first test application: Together with colleagues from the University of Kassel and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht the researchers analyzed the locomotory system of a velvet worm.

During a CT analysis, the object under investigation is x-rayed and a detector measures the respective amount of radiation absorbed from various angles....

Im Focus: Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer

The quantum world is fragile; error correction codes are needed to protect the information stored in a quantum object from the deteriorating effects of noise. Quantum physicists in Innsbruck have developed a protocol to pass quantum information between differently encoded building blocks of a future quantum computer, such as processors and memories. Scientists may use this protocol in the future to build a data bus for quantum computers. The researchers have published their work in the journal Nature Communications.

Future quantum computers will be able to solve problems where conventional computers fail today. We are still far away from any large-scale implementation,...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Ecology Across Borders: International conference brings together 1,500 ecologists

15.11.2017 | Event News

Road into laboratory: Users discuss biaxial fatigue-testing for car and truck wheel

15.11.2017 | Event News

#Berlin5GWeek: The right network for Industry 4.0

30.10.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

UCLA engineers use deep learning to reconstruct holograms and improve optical microscopy

22.11.2017 | Medical Engineering

Watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals reveals clues to improving solar cells

22.11.2017 | Materials Sciences

New study points the way to therapy for rare cancer that targets the young

22.11.2017 | Health and Medicine

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>