Bridget King

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Cohort 2022

Pathway Journey

I am currently a PhD student in the department of Psychosis Studies at King’s College London. My research uses human brain imaging techniques to study the neurobiology of schizophrenia and why responses to medication varies between individuals. Techniques include proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) and structural MRI with FreeSurfer.

Biography

Prior to my PhD I obtained an MSc in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging at King’s College London and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Birmingham.

I was drawn to the MRC-DTP because of the cutting-edge research topics in the Neuroscience and Mental Health stream as well as the wide range of training opportunities. Prior to applying I had experience as a voluntary research assistant and mental health support worker.

Publications

Merritt, K., McCutcheon, R. A., Aleman, A., Ashley, S., Beck, K., Block, W., Bloemen, O. J. N., Borgan, F., Boules, C., Bustillo, J. R., Capizzano, A. A., Coughlin, J. M., David, A., de la Fuente-Sandoval, C., Demjaha, A., Dempster, K., Do, K. Q., Du, F., Falkai, P., McGuire, P. K. (2023). Variability and magnitude of brain glutamate levels in schizophrenia: A meta and mega-analysis. Molecular Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41380-023-01991-7

Awards

University of Birmingham award for 1st class dissertation The Effects of Dopamine Antagonist Haloperidol on Facial Expression Kinematics