Awards for Magdalen members from the Royal College of Psychiatrists
8th November 2017
Maxime Taquet, a graduate-entry medical student at Magdalen, was awarded the Royal College of Psychiatrists Medical Student of the Year 2017 on Monday 6th November. This prize recognises a combined contribution to psychiatry as a scholar, an academic, an innovator, and a teacher. Maxime is passionate about digital psychiatry and neuroscience, and has developed an app to monitor neuropsychiatric variables such as mood, attention and sleep which has been used by over 60,000 people. He recently published the first findings from this big data initiative in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Also that evening, Magdalen alumna Dr Mary-Ellen Lynall was awarded the Core Psychiatry Trainee of the Year 2017. Her research focuses on the role of the meningeal immune system in the link between psychological stress and psychiatric disorders. The judges said that although Mary-Ellen’s interest in neuroscience predates her entry to medical school, as a psychiatry trainee she has gone on to investigate the links between the immune system, stress and depression developing protocols now being used in labs across the UK. She is also an outstanding clinician and skilled medical educator with an exemplary record in teaching neuroscience to medical and natural science students.