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Researcher Profile - Antonella Trotta

First Name:Antonella
Last Name:Trotta
Affiliation:Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
Department:Psychosis Studies
Street Address 1:De Crespigny Park
Zip/Postal Code:SE5 8AF
Country/Territory:United Kingdom
Phone:004420 7848 0702
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Member reports no financial or other potential conflicts of interest. [Last Modified: 26 September 2013]
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Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder , Psychology
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Reasearcher Bio
Antonella Trotta is a PhD student at the Department of Psychosis Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Her research is specifically looking at the influence of the interaction between genes and childhood adversity on the likelihood of being a psychosis case and its impact on illness course and functional outcomes in the year following first presentation to mental health services.
During her PhD, Antonella Trotta had been awarded to participate in the 3rd Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Conference in Florence, Italy, April 14th-18th, 2012 sponsored by the Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS), where she presented preliminary data on childhood victimisation and psychosis with an oral presentation entitled: “Prevalence of bullying victimisation amongst first-episode psychosis patients and unaffected controls”. The award she received gave her also the opportunity to contribute in writing the summaries of oral sessions, with a report on “Epidemiology” that has recently been published on Schizophrenia Research (see Abbs et al., 2012). Data on childhood victimization were also selected to participate at the EPA/EUGEI Conference in Maastricht, The Netherlands, June 13th-16th, with an oral presentation whose title was: “Bullying & Psychosis: is there a link?”.
Antonella Trotta presented preliminary results about the impact of childhood adversity on the clinical and social outcomes of psychotic disorders at the Herrenhausen Conference “Mental Health throughout Life” and at 14th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research Grande Lakes, Florida. The abstract has also been accepted for publication in a special edition of Schizophrenia Bulletin.
Top Papers
Trotta A, Di Forti M, Mondelli V, Dazzan P, Pariante C, David A, Mulè A, Ferraro L, Formica I, Murray RM, Fisher HL.(2013). Prevalence of bullying victimisation amongst first-episode psychosis patients and unaffected controls Schizophrenia Research. doi:pii: S0920-9964(13)00345-9. 10.1016/j.schres.2013.07.001. [Epub ahead of print]

Abbs B, Achalia RM, Adelufosi AO, Aktener AY, Beveridge NJ, Bhakta SG, Blackman RK, Bora E, Byun MS, Cabanis M, Carrion R, Castellani CA, Chow TJ, Dmitrzak-Weglarz M, Gayer-Anderson C, Gomes FV, Haut K, Hori H, Kantrowitz JT, Kishimoto T, Lee FH, Lin A, Palaniyappan L, Quan M, Rubio MD, Ruiz de Azúa S, Sahoo S, Strauss GP, Szczepankiewicz A, Thompson AD, Trotta A, Tully LM, Uchida H, Velthorst E, Young JW, O'Shea A, Delisi LE. (2012), The 3rd Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference, 14–18 April 2012, Florence, Italy: Summaries of oral sessions. Schizophrenia Research, 141(1): e1–e24.

A Trotta, RM Murray , JH MacCabe, Do premorbid and post-onset cognitive functioning differ between Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder? A meta-analysis(in preparation).

Di Forti M and Sallis H, Allegri F, Trotta A, Ferraro L, Stilo S, La Cascia C, Reiz-Menques T, Pariante C, Dazzan P, Mondelli V, Paparelli A, Kolliakou A, David AS, Craig M, MacCabe J, Murray RM. Is the association between cannabis use and an earlier onset of psychosis an artefact? Submitted at Schizophrenia Bulletin (under review).

Ferraro L, Russo M, O’Connor J, Wiffen B, Falcone MA, Sideli L, Gardner-Sood P, Stilo S, Trotta A, Dazzan P, Mondelli V, Taylor H, Friedman B, Sallis H, La Cascia C, La Barbera D, David AS, Reichenberg A, Murray RM, Di Forti M. Cannabis Use and Cognition in Psychosis: Evidence for Multiple Etiologies. Submitted at Schizophrenia Research(accepted).
What is your leading hypothesis?
Using a case-control design, the principal aims of my research are:

1.To investigate the effects of different forms of childhood adversity on the risk of developing psychotic disorders.

2.To explore whether genetic factors moderate the impact of childhood adversity on the onset of psychotic disorders.

3.To investigate if childhood adversity has an effect on the clinical and functional outcomes of psychotic disorders during the first year of mental health care.

4.To explore whether the impact of childhood adversity on the 1 year clinical and functional outcomes of psychosis is moderated by genetic factors.
What piece of missing evidence would help prove it?
My project, builds upon a large first-episode psychosis case-control study, proposes to extend previous work by investigating the influence of the interaction between genes and childhood adversity on increasing the risk of psychosis and the clinical and functional 1 year outcomes of psychosis patients.

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