Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine - Barts and The London

State of the Art Annual Congress 2019

Our annual Mental Health Research Congress brought together the best psychiatric research from leading experts in their field for another lively day of presentations to an enthusiastic audience of over 200 consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses of various ranks, but certainly, the majority of consultants were from East London and Luton and Beds. This is our fourth year and is embedded as a must go-to diary event in the calendar

4 April 2019

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Professor Ted Dinan

Dr Daisy Fancourt, Senior Research Fellow / Wellcome Research Fellow, Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health, Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care, University College London was the first speaker of the morning entrancing the audience on the subject of Psychobiological effects of music: stress, inflammation, depression & cognition.

Followed by our own Prof Kam Bhui presented on Ethnic inequalities and severe mental illness: could biomarkers help us resolve disputed evidence which certainly raised some controversial points that got the audience talking.

Prof Ted Dinan, Professor Psychiatry and a Principal Investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork entertained us with his talk on Gut microbe to brain communication: implications for psychiatry.

And finally, Dr Livia A. Carvalho, Lecturer in Translational Pharmacology, Translational Pharmacology & Therapeutic Innovation, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London presented on Inflammation and depression in kidney disease that links with the collaboration with the Centre for Psychiatry and the WHRI on a recent grant awarded by Barts Charity on depression in renal dialysis patients.

After a hearty lunch, we were treated to an inspired afternoon of presentations from promising junior researchers who will become our future leaders. The judging panel, comprised of Dr Georgina Hosang, Dr Mark Freestone and Dr Kristoffer Halvorsrud of the Centre for Psychiatry and after a difficult task awarded prizes to the following.

First prize – Dr Jolene John

Literature Review: Is the Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Decreased in Black and Minority Ethnic Children and Adolescents?

Joint Second Prize – Dr Georgia Templeton

Evaluation of Care Planning in Community Mental Health Services: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a New Recovery Focused Care Planning Process

 Dr Athanasios Tsoumpris and Dr Josephine Neale

Abnormal Bodily Phenomena in First Episode Psychosis – A Longitudinal Cohort Study

Third Prize – Dr Mutahira Qureshi

An Open-label Long-term Extension Safety Study of Intranasal Esketamine in Treatment-resistant Depression

All of the presentations were of a high standard and we were all extremely impressed. We know that the future is safe.

Professor Frank Röhricht, Medical Director for Research, Innovation and Medical Education at the East London Foundation Trust and Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, Head, Centre for Psychiatry. Professor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry were excellent Chairs and the feedback of the day was very positive. We received comments like ‘Fascinating’,  ‘Learnt a lot’ , ‘Tricky topic but challenged the audience’ and ‘Very interesting cutting edge research’ . One comment was ‘I would like a job with this presenter’.

Within the feedback we asked what topics participants would like featured in the future Bart’s Programmes which was most helpful and we will certainly consider the excellent suggestions provided.

Finally, thanks must also go to Lisa Kass and Sharmin Khonij for their excellent organisation skills and, of course, all the volunteers who helped on the day.

Please ensure that the 2020 date – Wednesday 8th March 2020 is in your diary now for an even more exciting event. More details will follow but rest assured, as it was for this year, we guarantee it will be a full day of inspired talks and presentations.