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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

RCPsych responds to MRC review of mental health research funding

Embargoed until 28 May 2010

Professor Nick Craddock, Chair of the RCPsych Faculty of Academic Psychiatry, said:

"This unprecedented six-month review by the Medical Research Council (MRC) sets out very powerfully the importance of mental health research. We welcome the findings of the review and the challenge that its recommendations sets to all those involved with mental health research.

"Mental health patients are disadvantaged because research funding lags behind that for physical illnesses like cancer, heart disease or diabetes. This review outlines clear goals to address this problem.

"Increasing mental health research has the potential to transform lives. The ambition to accelerate R&D to provide new and effective treatments must be a paramount focus for the research community.

"This report also shows us that there is a huge social and economic imperative to push a strategic rethink of funding for mental health research, which the Government needs to address. The recommendation to look at research around prevention could bring viable long-term economic benefits across Government.

"Furthering knowledge and improving services and treatments for those with mental illness is a core mission of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. We will work closely with the MRC and others to take advantage of the opportunities that joint action could bring about."

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The Review of Mental Health Research Report of the Strategic Review Group 2010 is published on the MRC website


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