Katie Swaden Lewis
Research Associate, Division of Psychological Medicine & Clinical Neurosciences
I work with the mood disorders research group within the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics.
I am investigating the effects of sleep loss on people with bipolar disorder. Specifically, I look at whether changes in sleep patterns could be used as an early warning sign of symptoms.
My findings could lead to ways of using existing technology to monitor sleep and alert people with bipolar disorder when they might be at risk of relapse, particularly in those who are genetically prone to sleep loss. It could also be used to provide them with advice on what to do next, or even alert medical professionals or carers.
I have a keen interest in public engagement and I'm particularly passionate about encouraging others into science.
I've volunteered at events such as Cardiff Brain Games and Cheltenham Science Festival and I'm on the committee for Cardiff SciScreen. I've also blogged about my research for the National Centre for Mental Health.