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Rebecca Madden

PhD Project: Examining the cumulative effects of stress and immune challenge in early life on the risk of depression and anxiety in adulthood.

Rebecca A Madden

PhD Student - Brunton Lab

  • Hugh Robson Building
  • 15 George Square
  • Edinburgh EH8 9XD

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  •         2017 - present Wellcome Trust 4yr PhD in Translational Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh
  •         2016 - 2017  MSc by Research in Integrative Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh
  •         2010 - 2014  BSc (with honours of the 1st Class) in Psychology, University of St Andrews


Using a combination of epidemiological and basic science techniques, I am investigating the shared and separate contributions of HPA axis dysregulation and immune activation on psychiatric phenotypes in adulthood. The epidemiological work is being conducted with Dr Heather Whalley in Psychiatry, while the lab-based work is being conducted under Dr Paula Brunton with co-supervision by Prof. Megan Holmes in CDBS.