The aim of our Mental Health theme is to accelerate the discovery and evaluation of novel and improved mental health treatments by routine deep phenotyping and large-scale patient data collection, driving the delivery of early-phase trials and supporting the next generation of experimental medicine leaders within mental health.
Our strategy is to better integrate UCL’s mental health researchers within a single BRC-supported world-leading mental health experimental medicine theme. Together with UCL’s neuroscience ranking and the scale and quality of partner NHS services, this will significantly boost our translational mental health research capacity. This will be enabled by a new UCL Institute of Mental Health at St Pancras Hospital, a base for one of the strongest academic mental health NHS Trusts in the UK, providing a collaboration of clinical services, academic psychiatry, psychology and neurosciences.
The development of three linked sub-themes which will drive our strategy:
- Health informatics through linked clinical records, adoption of standardised outcome measures, biomarkers and genomics.
- Developing and evaluating new treatments.
- Precision medicine for mental health