Persistent depression virtual conference

Persistent depression virtual conference

Depression is a leading cause of disability affecting more than 264 million people worldwide. Approximately 30% develop a persistent form of depression which does not respond to standard approaches, at great cost to populations and healthcare systems.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), the University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry, the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East of England, and Eastern AHSN are working together to investigate the biological, psychological and social factors underlying this major mental health disorder, and how to help people recover. We are committed to expanding our regional and international research programmes, and working with new partners to accelerate innovation in NHS mental health care.

Virtual conference 30 April 2021

Over 100 health professionals, science and technology partners and experts with lived experience joined this online event to consider a values-based approach to the depression pathway, combining patient and clinician perspectives with latest evidence. Key presentations from leading experts and clinicians showcased current projects and studies at CPFT, and panel discussions considered how we can work together to improve the depression care pathway and pursue the most promising, cost effective new treatments to transform lives now, and in the future.

CPFT is one of the UK’s top research active NHS Trusts and thousands of research volunteers take part in mental health research with us every year. We want to offer them a chance to test the latest therapies with our specialist teams delivering ground-breaking clinical trials. CPFT's clinical expertise and infrastructure can support new partnerships and innovations to achieve recovery from persistent depression and other mental health disorders.

Catch up on the talks from the event in our CPFT Research playlist on YouTube.

If you would like to help us solve mental health problems by applying innovations and finding new routes to recovery, please get in touch:

Patrick Williamson, PhD, Business Engagement and Clinical Innovation Manager
CPFT and Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP)

Louise Jopling, PhD, Commercial Director
Eastern Academic Health Science Network (AHSN)

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