Manchester gets leading role in govt’s £10M mental health research investment
Research with the potential to change the lives of millions of people around the world living with mental health conditions has received a boost with the announcement of £42.7m of government funding, with The University of Manchester and partners receiving over £10m from the overall pot.
The funding brings together National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) infrastructure, Universities and NHS organisations to undertake high-quality early and experimental medicine research in mental health. This collaborative approach strengthens the expertise and reach of the NIHR Mental Health Translational Research Collaboration and ensures research involves patients and the public who better reflect the diversity of the population.
The University will play a key part in the research by leading on three out of the five national themes with significant investment: Capacity Building, Data and Digital, Children and Young People.
The work will be supported by the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), as part of its new Mental Health research Theme, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Shruti Garg will lead the Capacity Building workstream, Professor Jonathan Green the Children and Young People theme, and Professor John Ainsworth the Data and Digital theme. The University of Manchester digital health start-up CareLoop Health will play a major role as industry partner.
The ‘Mental Health Mission’, part of the government’s Life Sciences Vision, will accelerate mental health research across the UK and attract private investment, potentially benefiting millions of people.
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