SLaM has a number of different research programmes that patients and other members of the public with mental health conditions can participate in. Many of the programmes and research studies are done in collaboration with King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) which is based with the Maudsley Hospital at Denmark Hill.
The IoP and SLaM share a joint research centre called the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health and Dementia Biomedical Research Unit (BRC/U). You may see the name BRC/U used across different research programme areas – this usually means that the programme is funded by the BRC/U. The BRC/U doesn’t just employ researchers at the IoP but also funds doctors, nurses and healthcare staff at SLaM who also do research. They work together to make sure that the research will be of benefit to service users and their carers and families.
You can find out about the current research opportunities below:
For SLaM patients
We are looking for people who are interested in taking part in research that contributes to better health for people with mental health related problems. In order for researchers to know who to contact about research projects we have introduced Consent for Contact (C4C) – SLaM’s research participation register.
We are creating a register of people who would be willing for researchers to contact them to ask if they would like to take part in current or future research projects that interest them.
Find out more about consent for contact here.
All SLaM patients have an electronic medical record. This is your personal medical history file that contains notes and information about your health, treatment and care plan. SLaM stores medical records electronically on our computer system. We are then able to use these files to do anonymised research – this is research where we do not need to know any of your personal details, like your name or address, but rather we look at your medical history like the symptoms you have experienced or the medication you are taking.
Find out more about CRIS here.
The BioResource is a project whereby service users, carers and research volunteers can participate in research studies and trials on the basis of their genetic make-up.
By studying how genes influence a variety of diseases and illnesses we can gain better understanding of which genes are involved in the development of a disease. We can then begin to identify better treatments, work towards a cure and prevent some diseases ever occurring in the future.
Find out more about the BioResource and how to sign up here.
The Trials Office for Psychosis currently has clinical trials for the following people:
The Team has a range of trials for people with psychosis and schizophrenia. The trials can be either drug or psychosocial (non-drug) trials to test new or improved treatments. These trials are for people at any stage of their illness; from those only experiencing the first signs of illness, for example delusions; those experiencing negative symptoms, such as lack of motivation or loss of interest in activities; and those who are not responding to treatment or medication.
Find out more about the trials and get in contact with the office here.