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Largest ever investment in mental health research announced

Nottingham has been awarded £23.6 million from the Government to enable clinical researchers to keep pushing for medical breakthroughs, as part of a record package of funding announced this week, by Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

This is part of the £816m funding that has gone to NHS and University partnerships across England through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to develop NIHR Biomedical Research Centres .

The new Centre in Nottingham will drive innovation and internationally competitive translational research in therapeutic areas which are highly relevant to the health of our patients and public: gastrointestinal and liver disease, hearing loss and tinnitus, respiratory and musculoskeletal disease as well as mental health and technology, which will be hosted by the Institute and lead by Professor Chris Hollis, Director, NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative.

The Institute has a large portfoilio of active research programmes in areas such as developing new techonology for mental health, dementia, ADHD, mood disorders, recovery, social and culteral interventions, translational neuroimaging and mental health in the criminal justice system.

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt said: "The UK has so often led the world in health research - from the invention of the smallpox vaccine to the discovery of penicillin and the development of DNA sequencing. Today, we are making sure the UK stays ahead of the game by laying the foundations for a new age of personalised medicine.

"We are supporting the great minds of the NHS to push the frontiers of medical science so that patients in this country continue to benefit from the very latest treatments and the highest standards of care."

For more information, visit the Department of Health website here.