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ISSUE 5 - Spring Term 2021
UCL Institute of Mental Health newsletter
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021. Looking back over those published during 2020, it is clear that they form a kind of pandemic diary. As we edge closer to the terrible peak of the third wave we can look back with something like nostalgia on the first wave. I have previously described the Institute of Mental Health as an umbrella for the community of mental health researchers and professionals here at UCL. It is not an umbrella that can provide protection from coronavirus but it does mark out a space where work can continue in some form, scientific evidence and knowledge can be accrued and imparted, and where experiences can be shared. That will be our version of the vaccine. It won’t end the pandemic but it will be part of an ‘immune response’ against depression and despair and a more optimistic future.
A new round of small projects which our grants support is getting under way despite restrictions on face-to-face interactions. Another huge batch of applications have come in for the IoMH Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme which our new research coordinator, Ana Martins-Antunes will be helping to process. A new set of Clinical-Academic Symposia has been formulated with the next event on Dementia happening online on 3rd March. We will be launching a system for ‘affiliation’ next month which, with the help of our information services colleagues, will allow like-minded researchers to find each other via our website and hopefully start new and fruitful collaborations.
In the last newsletter I reported on the stunning success of our first international conference. Now is the time to plan the second annual meeting for the autumn. I would be interested in hearing from you on whether we should go with another fully virtual conference, some kind of hybrid, or whether we should wait until we are sure we can meet in person? What topics apart from the usual ones might we cover? And how can we make the format even more engaging?
Prof Tony David
We would appreciate your feedback and ideas to help inform our planning for the next IoMH International Conference, including format and research themes you would like to see at our future events.
Catatonia is a rare but severe neuropsychiatric disorder. Dr Jonathan Rogers and Prof Tony David have produced a website hosted by the IoMH providing information about catatonia for patients and service users with support from the North London Service User Research Forum (SURF)
Catatonia Introduction by Dr Jonathan Rogers
Brain Explorer app
A new citizen science app explores the link between brain development and mental health and investigates why most mental health disorders start in adolescence. Led by UCL’s leading neuroscientists, the app tests brain functions using games for everyone to play. Find out more about the project at www.brainexplorer.net.
At the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, the Developmental Computational Psychiatry Team, led by Dr Tobias Hauser investigate why most psychiatric disorders arise before adulthood and how this is related to abnormal neurocognitive development.
Research Assistant, Johanna Habicht discusses the importance of studying mental health disorders earlier in life, and shares some of the team’s current work.