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Ally Rooney - Psychiatrist

The Psychiatry Scottish Training in Academic Research (PsySTAR) programme

The Psychiatry Scottish Training in Academic Research (PsySTAR) programme is a unique combined clinical and academic training opportunity in which participants spend three years out of programme to complete a PhD. The PsySTAR programme was awarded by the Medical Research Foundation to Scottish academic centres, in competition with those all over the UK.

Scotland won the funding due to its internationally recognised research centres, with the additional attraction of effectively working in collaboration to provide a programme over four of the five different centres:

• University of Aberdeen
• University of Dundee
• The University of Edinburgh
• University of Glasgow

As a result of the PsySTAR initiative, nine Scottish based psychiatrists will have the opportunity to complete PhDs supervised by and researching with internationally recognised cutting-edge scientists. The opportunity of bringing together four universities expands the limits of what is possible. The programme will address mental health research priorities identified by the Medical Research Centre (MRC). The PsySTAR programme is a terrific opportunity to train as an academic psychiatrist, in a rich and well supported research environment.

Dr Ally Rooney said:  “We are all really grateful to the Postgraduate Deans, Specialty Training Board and Training Programme Directors for such help in smoothing the way. I plan to study adult hippocampal neurogenesis with Professor Charles French-Constant in the Medical Research Centre for regenerative neurology in Edinburgh.”