Telling our stories of research through a new microsite

composite image, showing variety of pictures with data visualisations, person in a scanner, and it says'Stories of Research'

This week we are launching a new microsite - Stories of Research - to showcase the impactful work of our NIHR Maudsley BRC. Over the years, our Biomedical Research Centre has brought together scientists, clinicians, mental health professionals, industry, government, service users and carers to produce valuable research that is making difference to the lives of those affected by mental health conditions.

Working in partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's College London, our research focuses on mental health and neurological disorders. 

Explore through nine impact areas

The stories are organised into nine key areas which capture the ways that we approach mental health research to enable its translation into healthcare at the right scale. The nine impact areas are:

  • Developing Resources for Research
  • Whole Person Care
  • Involving Patients in Research
  • Novel Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Industry Collaboration
  • Data and Analytics to Drive Healthcare
  • National and International Collaboration
  • Improving Access and Uptake
  • Personalising Treatment to Patients

Discover the difference our research is making to mental health

Mental health issues affect a large proportion of the population, with a knock-on cost to the economy. It is  thought between 29 and 42 people per 1000 suffer from major depressive disorder, costing around £20-24 billion per year in England – but one third of those people are resistant to current treatments. Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, affect two in every 100 people, and are among the most disabling of all health conditions – however existing antipsychotic drugs often have severe side effects, or do not relieve symptoms.

Our BRC has made significant progress in preventing, diagnosing and treating mental illness . Our research is tackling mental and neurological conditions at all stages of life, from infancy to older adulthood. And we are training the next generation of mental health researchers in this field.

On our microsite, you can find out more about how we are developing technology to extract and analyse big data from healthcare records, and building neuroimaging tools and techniques which identify mechanisms of the brain. We are evaluating and testing novel drugs, such as psilocybin and cannabidiol, and co-developing treatment programmes with involvement and guidance from those with lived experience of mental health conditions. We are harnessing the prevalence and convenience of smartphones and wearable devices to monitor symptoms and provide effective digital therapeutics into people’s hands. Our genetics research is finding new ways to assess the basis not only of mental health conditions, but also how people will respond to treatments.

Follow the campaign

Explore the Stories of Research microsite through the link below. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing these stories on our social media channels with additional videos and news about our research. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn for the latest updates.

Visit the Stories of Research microsite here.


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By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 7 Mar 2022, 09:57 AM

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