A new research centre, which aims to translate the latest lab science into innovative treatments to improve mental health and dementia, has now launched at the Warneford Hospital campus in Oxford. Nicola was pleased to attend the launch and unveil a plaque at the Hospital campus ahead of the centre’s first day official day of operation.
Combining globally recognised research with clinical expertise, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford are working together to establish the new National Institute for Health Research Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Oxford Health BRC). NIHR BRCs aim to turn the latest scientific discoveries into new treatments for patients. The new Oxford-based centre will be one of only two across England dedicated to mental health and dementia.
The NIHR Oxford Health BRC will be looking into some big questions, such as finding ways to identify and treat dementia early and keep the brain healthy through old age, using the internet to bring tried-and-tested psychological therapies to many more people currently waiting for treatment, and finding new ways to treat serious illnesses such as bipolar disorder. Leaders for each of the research themes will also be speaking at the launch event.
Over five years, the centre will receive 12.8 million pounds to fund its work.
Nicola says: Mental health problems are the biggest single cause of disability in the UK, and so research opportunities like this could not be more essential if we are to better understand mental health and develop meaningful interventions to make a real difference to people’s lives.
The NIHR BRC has huge potential to transform the latest scientific discoveries in to patient treatment, and I look forward to seeing the impacts of this ground-breaking research over the coming years.