NIHR Lectureship awarded

NIHR Lectureship awarded

Dr Brendon Stubbs, Head of Physiotherapy, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), has been awarded an NIHR lectureship in the IoPPN Department of Psychological Medicine.

Brendon is currently a Preparatory Clinical Research Training Fellow at the NIHR Maudsley BRC – a position which supports aspiring clinical academic staff to develop applications of this nature. 

He will work with Professor Robert StewartDr Fiona Gaughran, Dr Mark Ashworth across King’s College London, and Professor Sallie Lamb, co-director of Oxford Clinical trials unit, to investigate falls and fractures in people with serious mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. 

Brendon’s earlier work has identified people with schizophrenia have substantially poorer bone health at much younger ages than those without mental illness and that 50% of these patients have osteoporosis or osteopenia by their mid-forties. The research in the lectureship will provide a detailed understanding of falls and fractures to inform future tailored interventions, which are currently lacking and greatly needed for this at risk population. 

Professor Robert Stewart, said: ‘I’m very pleased indeed that the NIHR have offered Brendon this excellent career development opportunity. As an academic physiotherapist with a strong clinical background, Brendon’s work contributes strongly to understanding the interface between physical and mental health – a core priority for the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre.’

‘He will also help develop our widening Clinical Informatics infrastructure, working with both mental health records information held on CRIS and comprehensive Primary Care information from Lambeth DataNet. However, most of all, it is excellent to see investment in Physiotherapy as both an academic and clinical discipline in mental health services and I hope that Brendon’s award will provide a pathway for others to follow.’

Dr Brendon Stubbs said ‘I am delighted to have been awarded this NIHR lectureship to work with Professor Stewart and my other mentors to address this important issue of poor bone health and outcomes for people with severe mental illness.  The opportunities within the NIHR Maudsley BRC, SLaM and the wider IoPPN offer an unparalleled prospect to make a difference to patients locally and further afield in the near future.’





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By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 29 Nov 2017, 13:02 PM

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