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Foundation trust awarded £12 million in Department of Health R&D grants

APRIL 18, 2007

The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation (SLAM) Trust has been awarded £12 million from the Department of Health, as part of the National Institute for Health Research, for six projects researching mental health.

Six academics from the Institute of Psychiatry are the chief investigators on these grants of which SLAM have secured around a quarter of the overall money – £45 million – from the Department of Health across 29 different research programmes. Programmes chosen for funding aim to increase understanding of how to manage and treat these types of diseases more effectively develop new treatments and help prevent ill health developing in the first place.

Working in conjunction with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust the following Institute of Psychiatry academics have been awarded grant money:

Professor Ulrike Schmidt for her work on: 'Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa: translating experimental neursoscience into clinical practice.'
Professor Declan Murphy for his project: ‘Crossing the Divide. Effective Treatments for people with neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan and intellectual ability.'
Professor Andre Tylee for a programme to develop and test stepped care for patients with depression and physical illness in primary care.
Professor Robin Murray for improving physical health and decreasing cannabis abuse in people with severe mental illness.
Professor Graham Thornicroft for improving mental health outcomes by reducing stigma and discrimination.
Professor Til Wykes for Patient involvement in improving the evidence base on inpatient care.
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