Discover more about ground-breaking CPFT research

Find out about studies into mental health and dementia at free event 

Discover more about ground-breaking CPFT research
28 September 2015

People who attend a special evening can find out about ground-breaking mental health and dementia research being carried out by staff at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

The free event is entitled Let’s Talk About Mental Health – Bridging the Gap Between Research and Real Life.

It comes as Alzheimer's Research UK has warned that one in three people will have a form of dementia in their lifetime. The organisation has said more investment in research must take place to help find new treatments and preventions.

Taking place on Wednesday, 7 October – in the run-up to World Mental Health Day – visitors can hear all about the latest work of CPFT researchers and also chat to them about how they can also get involved.

The free event, bringing together experts from CPFT and the University of Cambridge, takes place between 5pm and 8.30pm at CRUK Cambridge Research Institute Lecture Theatre, Robinson Way, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

There will be presentations from Professor Peter Jones, CPFT’s honorary consultant psychiatrist and head of the department of psychiatry at the University of Cambridge; Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, director of CPFT’s Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service (CLASS) clinic and professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge; and Dr Ben Underwood, who is co-ordinating a series of clinical trials into dementia.

Guests will also hear from Dr Rajini Ramana who will be talking about current research priorities in the treatment of depression, and Dr Hisham Ziauddeen, who will share information about weight gain in psychiatric treatment. CPFT chief executive Aidan Thomas will attend the event.

Professor Ed Bullmore, director of research and development at CPFT (pictured), said: “We are very proud of the research studies taking place at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

“We sponsor studies that are likely to improve frontline services for patients and help the understanding or treatment of mental health disorders. That’s why the event is called Bridging The Gap because we want people to understand how the studies being carried out now will lead to improved treatment within just a few years.

“They will be able to talk to our researchers about their work, and find out how they can take part in some of our studies.”

The conference will also hear from Kathy Jones, patient research ambassador at CPFT, who will talk about her own experience of taking part in mental health research.

Kathy said: “Without research, there can be no change in the treatment and understanding of mental health challenges and without change there can be no progress.

“This event is a great opportunity for the community to learn more about mental health and dementia and the way research can make a difference in our lives.”

For more information about the event go to the CPFT website and visit www.cpft.nhs.uk/research.htm or contact organiser Iliana Rokkou by by emailing iliana.rokkou@cpft.nhs.uk or calling 01223 746009.

CPFT is a mental and community healthcare trust. World Mental Health Day takes place on Saturday, 10 October.

ENDS

For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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