Tourettes Action

Dr Charlotte Rae’s MRI brain scanning research on Tourette Syndrome, featured in a documentary developed by patient participant Brent Zillwood, has been showcased on the Tourettes Action YouTube channel. Tourettes Action ( is the national advocacy charity for people with tics. Listing of the documentary on their YouTube channel will help educate and inform the patient community on recent findings on the neural basis of Tourette Syndrome, and raise the profile of our research conducted using the MRI facilities here at BSMS.

Is it possible, or desirable, to measure the quality of an artwork?

In a world of shrinking resources, the question of how we decide which art should receive finance is ever more pressing. Rosemary Laryea asks if, when putting money into good quality art is the goal, it’s possible to set criteria to judge what makes “good art”. Rosemary talks to members…

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Contemporary and Future Research into Alexithymia

Hugo’s talk, ‘Interoception, insight and emotional engagement’, keyed into current research.   Sarah Garfinkel was an invited speaker who sat on the final panel discussion.   Sophie Betka attended in her capacity as PhD researchers.   Alexithymia describes a difficulty identifying and describing one’s own feelings. While it has been…

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Mental Wealth

Sarah Garfinkel spoke at the Mental Wealth Festival; This festival featured talks, debates and workshops, from politicians to health sector innovators, mental health campaigners to business leaders, to arts institutions and leading charities. Her talk was in collaboration with MQ, a charity devoted to mental health research. She discussed her work…

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