In this week's episode, Anya and Alex speak to Natalie Ertl (@NatalieErtl1) who is currently a research assistant at Invicro and PhD candidate at Imperial College London, specialising in functional MRI applications in psychopharmacology. With Natalie is Dr Matt Wall (@m_wall) who is a psychologist, cognitive neuroscientist, and fMRI specialist at Invicro and Imperial College London researching cannabis, psychedelics, sex hormones, and addiction. We talk about the current understanding of what happens in the brain with sex and sexual desire, and current theories on what might contribute to difficulties with sexual desire or enjoying sex. From there, we find out what kind of drugs are being tested and how researching sexual function works. And what discussion about sex would be complete without a mention of Freud? We hope you enjoy!

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Interviewed by Dr. Anya Borissova with Dr. Alex Curmi


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  • Dr Anya Borissova

    Anya is an academic clinical fellow training in psychiatry at SlaM. Anya is passionate about making it easier for everyone to access the latest in psychiatric research.

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  • Dr Alexander Curmi

    Aside from general adult psychiatry, Alex has special interests in psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation and medical education.

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    Meet the panel

    • Dr Rebecca Wilkinson

      Rebecca is a core trainee psychiatrist in the South London and Maudsley NHS trust.

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