Where we are
Recent years have seen substantial advances in our understanding of the physical, psychological and social mechanisms which underpin psychiatric disorder. At the same time, the range of clinical interventions in the psychiatrist’s armamentarium and the evidence base which supports them continues to grow.
However, even given these advances, it remains true to say that the aetiology and pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders are only partially understood, diagnosis continues to be based solely upon subjective clinical assessment, and for many individuals the response to treatment is unsatisfactory.
The only way to remedy this situation is through high quality research.
Benefits of research
Psychiatric research is a broad church encompassing a great diversity of approaches towards improving the lives of people with mental disorders, and the considerable potential for discovery is perhaps one of the main factors that make it such an exciting and fascinating area for research.
From the interested clinician to the full time academic, the pharmacologist to the psychotherapist, the biologist to the social scientist, each has a role to play.
Research experience is beneficial to the individual through the development of transferable skills in areas such as critical appraisal, team working, and project management. Opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from other institutions and disciplines provide a fertile ground for the growth of new ideas and perspectives.
Finally, there is considerable satisfaction to be gained simply from the detailed investigation of an area of interest.
Take a look at the following funding organisations and opportunities:
- Medical Research Council clinical research fellowships
- Wellcome Trust PhD training fellowships for clinicians
- National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) fellowships
- Francis Crick Institute clinical fellows
- Action Medical Research for children training fellowships
- Academy of Medical Sciences grants and programmes
- Alzheimer Research UK clinical research fellowship
- Alzheimer’s Society funding schemes
- Dunhill Medical Trust research training fellowships
- MQ: Transforming Mental Health fellows award
- Chief Scientist Office, NHS Scotland fellowships.
See some examples of innovative research.
- A Randomized Trial to Examine the Effect of Mifepristone on Neuropsychological Performance and Mood in Patients with Bipolar Depression
- Patients' experience of dangerous and severe personality disorder services: qualitative interview study
- The Database of Uncertainties about the effects of Treatments in Schizophrenia (DUETS) - now incorporated into NHS evidence
- Process, outcome and experience of transition from child to adult mental healthcare: multiperspective study
- Inflammation causes mood changes through alterations in subgenual cingulate activity and mesolimbic connectivity
- Development and Validation of an International Risk Prediction Algorithm for Episodes of Major Depression in General Practice AttendeesThe PredictD Study
- Supervised injectable heroin or injectable methadone versus optimised oral methadone as treatment for chronic heroin addicts in England after persistent failure in orthodox treatment (RIOTT): a randomised trial