It has been established that urban living is associated with an increased risk of psychosis but untangling the complexities of the biological, social and environmental factors at play can be difficult. Researchers from King’s College London have, for the first time, looked at whether air pollution is associated with increased risk of psychotic experiences in young people across England and Wales and whether air pollution levels can explain, in part, the association between urban living and psychotic experiences.
Researchers were invited to the SMC to discuss:
Dr Helen Fisher, Reader in Developmental Psychopathology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London
Dr Joanne Newbury, ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
Prof Frank Kelly, Professor of Environmental Health, King’s College London