Matthew Kempton
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My main interests are neuroimaging (particularly structural MRI) in psychosis disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I coordinate the EU-GEI High Risk Study with Prof Philip McGuire and Dr Lucia Valmaggia and I lead a longitudinal multicentre neuroimaging in this cohort of individuals at risk of psychosis. In addition to characterising changes in brain structure in psychiatric disorders, our group are working to increase the sensitivity of structural MRI to <1% changes in brain volume. To clarify changes in brain structure I have worked on a number of meta-analyses looking at Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression and PTSD. I'm grateful to be currently funded by the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre to predict individualised outcome in patients at risk of psychosis, and have previously been funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust and EU.

My main teaching focus is in statistics and research methods for masters students and lecturing in neuroimaging and I am Deputy Programme Leader of the Psychiatry Research MSc. I currently chair the Early King's Research Awards panel which supports Postdocs, and chair the Department of Psychosis Studies PhD Committee. I'm currently the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) representative of King's College London.

If you are interested in doing a PhD with me do get in touch. I currently have PhD projects available to apply to via the MRC DTP studentships and King's China Council Scholarships.

Our research team has created a number of online tools related to structural neuroimaging in psychiatric disorders which are listed below:

www.depressiondatabase.org -Online database and meta-analysis of structural MRI studies in major depressive disorder as a companion to our paper published in Archives of General Psychiatry

www.ptsdmri.uk -Online database and meta-analysis of structural MRI studies in PTSD as a companion to our paper published in American Journal of Psychiatry

www.bipolardatabase.org -Online database and meta-analysis of structural MRI studies in bipolar disorder as a companion to our paper published in Archives of General Psychiatry

ALVIN - an MRI segmentation tool for the lateral ventricles which is relatively insensitive to scanner parameters

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

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