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Save the date: SMHRN Annual Scientific Meeting 2014

Date: 11th December 2014
Venue: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

Review of the SMHRN Annual Scientific Meeting 2013: 'Mind and Body in the 21st Century'

Date: 12th December 2013
Venue: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The Scottish Mental Health Research Network hosted its 5th Annual Scientific meeting at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh on the 12th December 2013. The theme of the meeting was 'Mind and Body in the 21st Century'.

The ASM was attended by over 150 delegates from accross Scotland; including researchers, clinicians and service users. The day was chaired by the SMHRN Director, Prof Stephen Lawrie; and speakers included Prof Angela Vincent (Oxford), Dr Jonathan Cavanagh (Glasgow), Dr Justin Williams (Aberdeen), Sir Robin Murray (London), Frances Simpson (Edinburgh), Prof Eileen Joyce (London) and Dr Alan Carson (Edinburgh).

We received approx 26 poster submission. Dr Everett Julyan (Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS Ayrshire and Arran) won the best poster prize for his presentation entitled "Sleep problems in a general psychiatric population". The student prize was awarded to Eva Nouzova (PhD Student, University of Aberdeen) for "Can eye movements be used as diagnostic markers for adult major depressive disorder?". Congratulations to them both!

Feedback from delegates

"I gained a greater insight into mental health research priorities"

"The quality and variety of the presentations were excellent"

"It was good to hear about research that looks at antibodies and their role in psychiatric illness"

"Excellent networking opportunities and great opportunity to see very high standard of presentations"

"Interesting update re inflammation and autoimmune responses and relationship with psychosis"

A selection of speakers presentations are available on request. Please email the network administrator to request these.


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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