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. 

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