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CPFT praised for recruiting first patient in global study

The Chief Executive of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) has congratulated CPFT for recruiting the first patient in a worldwide study into schizophrenia.
Led by Professor Jesus Perez, the CAMEO Early Intervention service and the Windsor Research Unit team not only recruited the first global patient for the Patient Preferences in Early Schizophrenia study but also went on to be the highest recruiting site in the UK.  The survey, which ran across a number of sites in the UK, Germany and Italy, was part of a commercial observational study into patients’ views on treatment goals and outcomes in relation to treatment in psychosis. The lead Research Practitioner, Katherine Cummergen, also successfully reached the recruitment target three weeks ahead of the deadline.  Dr Jonathan Sheffield, NIHR CRN CEO, praised Prof Perez, his team and CPFT saying: “First global recruitment is a significant achievement and one which is only delivered through effective and well managed feasibility and study set-up, reflecting the dedication and efforts of yourselves and colleagues within the Trust.” CAMEO is the NHS service in Cambridgeshire that provides specialised assessment, care and support to young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

Research critical to help manage dementia now and in the future

Speaking at the start of Dementia Awareness Week, Dr Ben Underwood, consultant psychiatrist at the mental health and community care provider, says people volunteering to take part in clinical trials across the local area are playing a vital role.

CPFT study provides clues to link between heart disease and mental health disorders

Dr Rudolf Cardinal from CPFT and Dr Hannah Clarke and colleagues from the University of Cambridge and have discovered a link between two key areas of the brain and emotional responses. They also show that our brains control our cardiovascular response – changes in our heart patterns and blood pressure – to emotional situations, in a study published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Prestigious new role for CPFT consultant

Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry Dr Annabel Price has been made Vice Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatry's Liaison Faculty.  The College sets standards and promotes excellence in psychiatry and mental healthcare, and represents over 18,000 psychiatrists in the UK and Internationally. Dr Price, who is based at Addenbrooke's Hospital, said: "I’m delighted and honoured to have been elected. This is an exciting time for liaison psychiatry and I look forward to the work ahead  to further develop our specialty for the benefit of patients." As well as her CPFT role, Annabel is a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge, a senior clinical tutor, and holds a number of key posts locally and regionally.  

CPFT recruiting for largest UK study of mid-life risk factors for dementia

A team led by Professor John O’Brien, Community Division Academic Lead at CPFT, is recruiting healthy volunteers for a study into dementia. The PREVENT study aims to identify biological markers of dementia and changes in risk factors in people many years before they would be expected to develop dementia symptoms. Read more here.

Trust research studies are showcased 

More than 100 people attended a special event on 30 March to highlight the work of the Trust's research teams. Better Diagnosis To Better Care took place at the Cancer Research Institute in Cambridge. Among the speakers were Head of Research and Development Prof Ed Bullmore, Prof John O'Brien (pictured), Allison Bentley and Chris Carling, Dr Louise Lafortune, and Dr Martina Di Simplicio. Prof Bullmore talked about how research conducted at CPFT related directly to frontline care and how he hoped more people would get involved in research over the next year. A link to the event is here.

CPFT academic lead recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award

CPFT community division academic lead Professor John O'Brien has been awarded the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award in Older People’s Mental Health. The award was presented at the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry annual meeting in Bristol on 24 March. The award honours the career of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of older people’s mental health. Read more here.

The page was last updated on 18 May 2017 by aient.

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