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Global mental health

Research with an international impact

Recent examples of how research at the IoPPN is making a difference to mental health worldwide.

King's awarded £7m for NIHR Global Health Unit – delivering healthcare, leaving no one behind

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) awarded King’s £7m to establish the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Health System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa.       

MRC Programme Grant awarded for INTREPID II

Craig Morgan, Professor of Social Epidemiology and Head of the Health Service & Population Research Department, at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, has been awarded an MRC Programme Grant (5 years; £2m) to investigate the variability – in the incidence, presentation, outcome, and impact – of psychotic disorders in diverse developing countries.

Friendship Bench therapy reduces anxiety and depression in Zimbabwe

Brief psychological treatment delivered by Zimbabwean lay health workers dramatically improved the symptoms of patients with mental health problems, according to new King's College London research published in JAMA.

Most people with depression receive inadequate treatment

The vast majority of people with depression across the world are not receiving even minimally adequate treatment for their condition, according to a new study of more than 50,000 people in 21 countries by King’s College London, Harvard Medical School and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Highlights | 2014

Centre for Global Mental Health celebrates 5th anniversary

On World Mental Health Day 2014, the Centre for Global Mental Health (CGMH) is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Since its launch in 2009, the work of the CGMH has focused on generating knowledge about mental disorders, improving access to care, building capacity and engaging policy makers.

King's joins global initiative to identify risk factors for mental illness

King’s College London is part of a major global initiative to discover factors that affect the brain, either by helping or harming it. By pooling brain scans and DNA collected from 30,000 people at over 185 sites globally, the ENIGMA Project aims to identify risk factors behind mental illness, and understand when treatments are most likely to work. 

IoPPN backs campaign to make mental health a UN development goal

The IoPPN has today pledged its support to the #FundaMentalSDG initiative aiming to include a specific mental health target in the post-2015 development agenda. 

Prof Dinesh Bhugra begins Presidency of World Psychiatric Association

Dinesh Bhugra, Professor of Mental Health and Diversity at the IoPPN has begun his Presidency of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). 

The goals for his tenure include domestic violence, child abuse, prisoner mental health, vulnerable minority groups and mental health promotion.

World Alzheimer Report 2014: Evidence for Dementia Risk Reduction

Dementia risk for populations can be modified through tobacco control and better prevention, detection and control of hypertension and diabetes.

The World Alzheimer Report 2014 ‘Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors’, released today, calls for dementia to be integrated into both global and national public health programmes alongside other major non communicable diseases (NCDs). 

Breathing new life into psychiatric education in Zimbabwe

A programme of education and research in Zimbabwe, led in collaboration with the IoPPN at King’s, has boosted the number of psychiatrists in the country, and allowed a once fledging faculty to embrace research, and develop new specialist mental health services. 

Three IoPPN academics ranked as world's leading scientific minds

Three academics from the IoPPN at King’s are ranked among the world’s leading scientific minds in the field of Psychiatry and Psychology, according to the 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list.

The academics from the IoPPN include: 

  • Philip McGuire, Professor of Psychiatry & Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research 
  • Allan Young, Professor in Mood Disorders

IoPPN researchers to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Nearly 600 aspiring young researchers representing almost 80 countries took part in the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting including seven researchers from the IoPPN and School of Medicine at King’s College London. 

World's first Professor in User Led Research

The IoPPN at King’s is delighted to announce that Dr Diana Rose has been conferred the title of Professor in User Led Research, the first role of its kind in the world. 

Prof Murray Hon. Fellow of American College of Psychiatrists

Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London has been made an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. 

Study shows benefits of community treatment of schizophrenia

Researchers at King's College London have led the first randomised trial to rigorously test community-based care for people with schizophrenia in a low-income country.  

Highlights | 2013

Global mental health project led by King's wins € 5.8m award

An international consortium of scientists, led by the IoP, has launched the EMERALD global mental health project to improve mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

New international guidelines to better treat mental health problems in low and middle income countries

Professor Graham Thornicroft from the Institute of Psychiatry led the creation of international guidelines (the World Health Organisation mhGap Implementation Guide) to help better treat mental health problems in low and middle income countries. 

Uncertainty and psychological impact of Fukushima

Researchers from the IoP and the Behavioural Science team at the Health Protection Agency (HPA) surveyed 284 British people who were in the area when the Fukushima nuclear accident took place in 2011. The study provides evidence which will help to improve the quality and credibility of public information materials in the aftermath of a health crisis.

Scaling up mental health services in Zimbabwe

Grand Challenges Canada has awarded $US 852,000 to an international team of researchers, including the IoP, to evaluate the effectiveness of the 'Friendship Bench' - a mental health intervention delivered by community health workers in Zimbabwe.

Levels of dementia underestimated in developing countries

Conventional estimates of dementia incidence in middle-income countries have been too optimistic, suggests one of the largest studies of dementia incidence to date, led by researchers at King’s College London's Institute of Psychiatry. 

Emigration of children to urban areas can protect parents from depression

Parents whose children move far away from home are less likely to become depressed than parents with children living nearby, according to a new study of rural districts in Thailand. The study, led by scientists at the IoP, suggests that children who migrate to urban areas are more likely to financially support their parents, which may be a factor for lower levels of depression.

Developing a roadmap for mental health in Europe

Experts from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry are playing a key role in developing a new mental health research strategy in Europe. The project aims to improve and promote high-quality mental health research and enable better translation from research into treatment programmes and public health initiatives. 

Highlights | 2012

Dean of IoP honoured by University of Copenhagen

Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean and Head of School of King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry was appointed Honorary Doctor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen at a special ceremony on Friday.

£0.5 million for research into human trafficking

Researchers at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust have been awarded £ 449,990 by the Department of Health for research into human trafficking. 

European Roadmap for Mental Health

Experts from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) are playing a key role in developing a new mental health research strategy in Europe. 

World-class imaging centre launched

Imanova, a new state-of-the-art imaging centre, was formally launched this week at a showcase event attended by Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, and representatives from the founding organisations.

Mild cognitive impairment in L. America, China and India

One of the first studies to investigate the prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in low and middle income countries finds that MCI does not depend on socio-demographic factors, and is associated with disability and neuropsychiatric symptoms. 


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