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    £1 million to develop dementia diagnosis software

    22nd August 2016

    UCL researchers have been awarded £1 million to develop ground-breaking software to improve dementia diagnosis. A prototype of the software, known as BrainMiner, is being trialled at University College Hospital and will be made available for public release in summer 2017.

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    New date announced for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    19th August 2016

    The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has announced the next launch date for the next Massive Open Online Course, which will run on 7 November 2016 for the third time since it was developed in 2015.

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    Recruitment success for NIHR-funded study aimed at tackling schizophrenia in the African Caribbean community

    16th August 2016

    A Greater Manchester research team, led by Dr Dawn Edge, has been working on a study to understand the factors that influence African Caribbean people accessing evidence-based psychological care.

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About Mental health research

We oversee research that deals with a wide range of conditions such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and personality disorders. This means that we support a wide range of research studies that examine the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mental health conditions.

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Information for researchers

We employ dedicated teams of clinical studies officers who work exclusively on our studies, helping to recruit patients and ease the administrative burden, making it easy for you to get on with the research.

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Patient, carer and public information

Our specialty encourages people with personal experience of mental health problems to work with us, and get involved in individual research projects. The studies we support all aim to improve NHS services and treatments and we believe the people who use those services and potentially benefit from the treatments, can give invaluable advice to researchers. 

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Case studies

  • Engaging global communities in research learning

    Enabling understanding of clinical research and its role in improving healthcare is a core objective in the Network. In 2015 the Network’s Workforce, Learning and Organisational Development team partnered with the Digital Learning team at Leeds University to develop an online course; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The course is free, and available to anyone wanting to learn about clinical research.

  • Maintaining the UK's leading edge

    Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Network in 2015 as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. Insight magazine learns why and how.

  • Overcoming uncertainty: Clinical research and prison

    CRN: Mental health looks at the successful delivery of N-ALIVE, a groundbreaking study taking place in Her Majesty’s Prisons. Published in the Spring 2015 edition of Insight magazine

  • Patient stories

    Our 'Patient stories' campaign shows how people’s experiences are bringing research benefits to life and helping us to raise research awareness throughout England.

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Key contacts

  • Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead

    Joanne Ashcroft

    T: +44 (0)7769248875


  • Existing study enquiries - life-sciences industry

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio


  • Existing study enquiries - non-commercial

    Enquiries about studies already on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio


  • General enquiries

    NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Hub
    Division of Health & Social Care Research
    Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
    King's College London
    6th Floor, Addison House, Guy’s Campus, London, SE1 1UL


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