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Professor Ruihua Hou

Professor Ruihua Hou

Associate Dean International

Research interests

  • 1) neuroinflammatory mechanism and treatment targets in anxiety and affective disorders;                 
  • 2) human psychopharmacology focusing on the role of the locus coeruleus in neuropsychiatric disorders and targeted new interventions;
  • 3) neuroinflammatory mechanisms underlying comorbid anxiety, depression, and fatigue in medical conditions.

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Address: College Keep, Terminus Terrace, Southampton, SO14 3DT (View in Google Maps)


Ruihua Hou is Associate Dean International in the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Biological Psychiatry. Professor Hou qualified in medicine and trained as a psychiatrist. She completed a clinical fellowship followed by her PhD in psychopharmacology, both in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Nottingham. She joined University of Southampton in 2007.

Professor Hou has developed an international reputation for her research into neuroinflammation in anxiety and mood disorders funded by MRC. She also pioneered the integration of imaging technologies for research into the locus coeruleus funded by ARUK. Her research in these fields has led to ongoing international research collaborations.

Professor Hou is a strong advocate of internationalisation with a substantial track record of developing international collaborations. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and leads the BM(IT) programme.

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