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SMHRN Annual Scientific Meeting 2015: 'Youth Mental Health'

Date: 29th October 2015
Venue: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The Scottish Mental health Research Network Annual Scientific Meeting will take place on 29th October at the Royal College of Physicians, Queen Street, Edinburgh. Our theme this year centres around youth mental health. Mental health problems affect people of all ages but the seeds of mental illness are often sown in childhood and it is estimated that 75% of all psychiatric problems start before the age of 25. About 20% of Scotland's one million young people are directly affected by mental ill health. Research in this area is therefore of paramount importance. Come and hear about the latest developments from leading youth mental health experts.

Speakers include:

  • Mina Fazel, Research Fellow, University of Oxford
  • Stephen Lawrie, Director of SMHRN, University of Edinburgh
  • Stella Chan, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh
  • Susanne Harder, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
  • Peter Uhlhaas, Reader in Psychology, University of Glasgow
  • Andrew Jahoda, Professor of Learning Disabilities, University of Glasgow
  • Laura Caven, Student Health Consultant, National Union of Students Scotland
  • Helen Minnis, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Glasgow
  • David Coghill, Clinical Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Dundee

We welcome poster abstracts for this event. Please see submission form below for futher details.

To request an exhibition stand please email the network administrator.



Bipolar Survey

A major survey supported by the James Lind alliance was launched on Bipolar Awareness Day 2014. The survey gives individuals, families, clinicians and other professionals the opportunity to influence research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and care of bipolar.

MQ is part of a partnership that includes charities, research funders, clinicians and patients. Overseen by the James Lind Alliance the group has formed with the aim of improving research into bipolar and in turn, the lives of people affected.

More than a million people in the UK have bipolar, in which periods of depressed mood and periods of elevated ('high') or irritable mood may alternate, causing great distress and with often devastating consequences. The survey will be open until late November.

To find out more about the project read about the background and to take the survey visit the Oxford University Hospital website by clicking on the link below.

Oxford University Hospital - Bipolar Survey

SMaRT Oncology-2 & SMaRT Oncology-3 Trials published in The Lancet

We are pleased to report that the SMaRT Oncology-2 & SMaRT Oncology-3 trials have been published in a series of linked papers in The Lancet.

The papers report on the prevalence of major depression in patients with cancer, and on two trials of an integrated depression treatment. The papers can be found by following the link below.

The Lancet - Depression and Cancer

The Scottish Mental Health Research Network team supported these trials with their recruitment and follow-up, and would like to congratulate the Psychological Medicine Research group led by Professor Michael Sharpe.

SMHRN Newsletter

The newsletter will be available to download on our website and will also be emailed to everyone on our mailing list 2-3 times a year. If you have not already done so, please join our mailing list.

SMHRN Newsletter

New GMC guidelines for doctors involved with research

The General Medical Council (GMC) has published new guidance for doctors, Good practice in research and Consent to research. This replaces the guidance booklet, Research: The role and responsibilities of doctors (2002) and comes into effect on 4 May 2010.

Research is essential to maintaining and improving healthcare but it can be a difficult area for doctors to navigate. The pieces of guidance provide a framework to guide doctors’ decisions throughout all stages of a research project. They include specific advice on:

  • The law and governance arrangements that apply to research in the UK
  • Good research design and practice, including the importance of promoting equality and preventing discrimination at all stages of research
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest and protecting participants from harm
  • The process of seeking participant consent
  • Involving adults who lack capacity in research
  • The considerations about involving children or young people in research