Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr David Cousins

MRC Clinician Scientist

Background

Qualifications

BMedSci(Hons)

MBBS

MRCP(UK)

MRCPsych

PhD

Previous Positions

House Officer in General Medicine to Professors Kendall-Taylor, Baylis and Taylor, RVI, Newcastle (1996)
House Officer in General and Urological Surgery to Mr Herring, County Durham (1997)
SHO in General Medicine, Central Rotation, Newcastle, (1997-2000)
SHO Basic Specialist Training in Psychiatry, Newcastle (2000-2003)
Clinical Research Associate to Professors O'Brien and McKeith (2001)
SpR in Academic Psychiatry, Newcastle (2003-2006) 
MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow, Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre (2006-2009)
FSF Funded Clinical Fellow, Regional Affective Disorders Service (2009-2012)
Clinical Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Newcastle University (2012-2014)

Memberships

Royal College of Physicians (London)
Royal College of Psychiatrist
British Association for Psychopharmacology
General Medical Council

Editorial board - Journal of Affective Disorders

Research

Research Interests

Magnetic resonance
Lithium
Dopamine
Bipolar Disorder

Current Work

Investigating the effects of lithium on the brain in bipolar disorder using advanced magnetic resonance techniques, ultimately with respect to response.

Developing true brain lithium imaging at 3T in order to determine the distribution of lithium the human brain.

Future Research

Multimodal MR analysis with respect to lithium response.

Research Roles

Independent PI

Esteem Indicators

Honorary visiting fellow @ Insititute of Psychiatry, KCL

Funding

MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship

Patents

Pending

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Course organiser: Psychiatry for Students of Dentistry


Video interviews recorded to facilitate interview skills and student treaching [http//:www.ncl.ac.uk/nnp/teaching/video/case.html]

Postgraduate Teaching

MRCPsych Course
- Affective disorders module
- Psychopharmacology module
- Imaging lectures

BAP Clinical Certificate in Affective Disorders

Publications