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MQ awards fellowships to four future leaders in mental health research

We’re pleased to announce our 2016 MQ Fellows.

Working across a range of scientific disciplines, our four 2016 Fellows will be exploring cutting-edge new approaches to address major challenges in mental health.

From developing more effective, personalised treatments, to better integrating mental and physical healthcare, their innovative work has the potential to transform the lives of millions of people worldwide.

The 2016 Fellows are:

  • Dr Claire Gillan, will be based at Trinity College Dublin as an assistant professor. Claire is creating an internet-based tool which could predict how effective antidepressants will be for different individuals. 
  • Dr Patrick Rothwell, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, will be using cutting-edge neuroscience to discover whether strengthening the connections in the brain can help us develop better mental health treatments.
  • Dr Jean-Baptiste Pingault, a lecturer at University College London, is investigating whether improving our understanding of the relationship between mental health and bullying can lead to more targeted and effective support for young people.
  • Dr Sam Norton, a lecturer at King’s College London, is developing an app to help efficiently incorporate mental healthcare into treatment for people living with rheumatoid arthritis. His Fellows Award is jointly funded by Arthritis Research UK.

This is the fourth year of the MQ’s annual Fellows Award programme, which supports the next generation of research leaders across scientific disciplines and countries. Each Fellow will receive £225,000 of funding for their three-year project.

Cynthia Joyce, Chief Executive of MQ, commented:

‘It is such a pleasure to welcome our 2016 Fellows. These talented scientists demonstrate the awesome potential of mental health science to transform lives. Their innovative projects directly address some of the biggest challenges we face in mental health – offering hope for much-needed improvements in the way we understand, treat and prevent mental illness.’

Last updated: 25 November 2016

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