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Mental Health

The aim of our Mental Health theme is to accelerate the discovery and evaluation of novel and improved mental health treatments. We will do this by routine deep phenotyping; large-scale patient data collection; driving the delivery of early-phase trials and; supporting the next generation of experimental medicine for mental health leaders.

Our strategy is to integrate UCL’s mental health researchers within a single, BRC-supported, world-leading mental health experimental medicine theme. Together with high ranking of UCL neuroscience and the scale and quality of partner NHS services, this will significantly boost our translational mental health research capacity. It will be enabled by a new UCL Institute of Mental Health at St Pancras Hospital, currently the base for one of the strongest academic Mental Health NHS Trusts in the UK. This will provide a powerful collaboration between NHS mental health services and academic psychiatry, psychology and neurosciences, underpinned by the proposed mental health theme.

The development of three linked sub-themes will drive our strategy:

1. Health informatics through linked clinical records, adoption of standardised outcome measures, biomarkers and genomics.

2. Development and evaluation of new treatments.

3. Precision medicine for mental health.


Programme personnel

Programme Director:

Professor Robert Howard, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, University College London,

Programme Operations Manager:

Dr Daniel Herron daniel.herron@ucl.ac.uk

Board members

  • Professor Robert Howard
  • Professor Glyn Lewis
  • Professor David Osborn
  • Dr Steve Pilling
  • Dr Elvira Bramon
  • Prof Eileen Joyce
  • Dr Vincent Kirchner
  • Ms Lynis Lewis
  • Dr Daniel Herron


Funding and Impact – Mental Health
We will be funding groundbreaking research projects in the Mental Health theme and will be reporting on these in due course.

Examples of Mental Health theme impact on health care includes:
We will report on healthcare impacts in due course.

Infrastructure & Organisation – Mental Health
Key partners for the mental health theme include:

  • Institute of Neurology, UCL and Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL

Patient and Public Involvement – Mental Health

For researchers
The mental health theme has an active lay panel that meets bi-annually. The scope of the panel is to engage and involve patients and public with current and future research activities within the theme, including the appraisal of proposed work, and publicising activities.
If you are a researacher interested in finding out more, contact Dr Daniel Herron on daniel.herron@ucl.ac.uk

For the public
We are always keen to link up lay people with opportunities to get actively involved in research. The mental health theme has an active lay panel that meets bi-annually.
For information, contact Dr Daniel Herron on daniel.herron@ucl.ac.uk