UCL Mental Health Town Hall Meeting
Thursday 23 January, 4pm-6pm
UCL Institute of Neurology, 33 Queen Square, London
Over the next twenty years the global burden of mental health disorders will increase dramatically. Already one third of people will suffer from a mental health disorder during their lifetime, and the total cost to the UK economy alone was £48.6bn in 2007 rising to £88.5bn in 2026. Our Faculty has the intellectual, scientific and practical resources necessary to address and solve these global problems, but they are dispersed across the Faculty in different Divisions and Institutes. This makes it challenging for external stakeholders to recognise our communal strengths, and much harder to coordinate efforts focused on solving the burden of mental health disorders.
There is now is a unique opportunity to create a sustainable focus for both basic and applied research within the faculty addressing the major mental health challenges of our time. This Town Hall meeting is called to discuss creating within the next year an Institute for Mental Health within the Faculty of Brain Sciences. The Institute will have three distinctive features that will mark it out globally. It will have basic and applied scientific excellence at its core; it will be comprehensive, spanning discovery science to translation and applied clinical science; and it will harness the unique local resources of our academic health sciences network, UCL Partners plus our local mental health Trust to deliver impact.
4:00 Welcome – Professor Alan Thompson
4:05 Remarks from the President & Provost, Professor Michael Arthur
4:15 Professor Ray Dolan
4:20 Professor Michael King
4:25 Professor Glyn Lewis
4:30 Professor Peter Fonagy
4:35 Professor Geraint Rees
4:40 – 5:15 Panel discussion (Chair, Professor Geraint Rees)
5:15 (approx) Drinks and further informal discussion
Important Points to Note
This meeting is open to all members of the UCL research community.
To confirm authenticity of your registration, please use your UCL/NHS email address when registering (Please do not use gmail, hotmail etc.)
A limited amount of tickets will also be made available to invited guests, so if you are external to UCL please select the invited guest ticket option.