Programmes

The Institute for Mental Health (IMH) has been established to maximise the collaborative efforts of academics at the University of Birmingham, and builds on the strong existing partnerships with practice in the NHS; established through Birmingham Health Partners, Forward Thinking Birmingham, and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Through interdisciplinary research the IMH works to improve the outcomes and care for young people with mental health problems. We will do this by working together to understand the causes of poor mental health, prevent mental health problems from developing, and respond to established illness by developing new treatments and services.

No other health condition matches mental illness in the combined extent of prevalence, persistence and breadth of impact.

Increasing evidence shows that current approaches to preventing or responding to mental health difficulties could be more effective. We need better interventions to improve outcomes for those struggling with their mental health, however it is also vital to develop the structure and design of mental health services in order to deliver effective support for both young people and adults. To do this we need to respond to the wider factors, such as living and working environments, which affect people’s lives and opportunities.

We’re bringing together experts from different disciplines, people with lived experience of distress, and care providers, to help inform our research. We aim to develop, promote and evaluate current innovations in policy, systems and services in order to reduce both the occurrence and the impact of mental health difficulties.

The goal of our research is to maximise people’s chances of regaining a satisfying and productive life following an adverse experience.

Watch: Professor Matthew Broome, Director of the Institute for Mental Health, talk youth mental health

“Most of my research has been in the onset of mental disorders, particularly the field of schizophrenia and psychosis, and around the formation of delusions. 

“These examples are part of a wider example in youth mental health. We know that approximately 75% of mental disorders begin before the age of 24, so having an understanding of how these disorders develop in young people and adults is crucial. 

“We know from research in psychosis to date, that intervening early can help with long-term outcomes, can be cost effective, and can also improve clinically important outcomes such as admission rates and employment. 

“The importance of intervening early is also linked with how to develop services. To help young people access services we need to develop mental health care that is flexible, non-stigmatising and inclusive. 

“I think the focus we’ve had over the last ten years or so, looking at the onset of disorders in youth mental health, has led to a change in how mental disorders are viewed by society. We now see them more inclusively, more optimistically and also aware that diagnoses remain in flux alongside people’s wider developmental and life event stages including things such as entering adulthood, leaving home, starting employment and perhaps starting university.”

Advanced Therapies Facility

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The purpose-built Advanced Therapies Facility (ATF) building opened in 2011, funded largely through the Advantage … Continue reading "Advanced Therapies Facility"
Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials (BCCT)

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The Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials (BCCT) brings together clinical trial expertise from across the … Continue reading "Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials (BCCT)"
Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU)

The Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU) is a leading national clinical trials unit specialising in … Continue reading "Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU)"
Birmingham Drug Discovery Facility

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Based within BHP founder member the University of Birmingham, the Drug Discovery Facility enables our … Continue reading "Birmingham Drug Discovery Facility"
Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU)

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From concept to completion: The Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU) quickly and safely translates … Continue reading "Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit (CRCTU)"
Centre for Clinical Haematology

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The Birmingham Centre for Clinical Haematology oversees one of the most active academic and clinical … Continue reading "Centre for Clinical Haematology"
Centre for Computational Biology

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The Centre for Computational Biology (CCB) brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts drawn from … Continue reading "Centre for Computational Biology"
Centre for Custom Medical Devices

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Bringing together multidisciplinary expertise, the Centre for Custom Medical Devices (CMD) was established to explore … Continue reading "Centre for Custom Medical Devices"
Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH)

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The Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH) is a collaboration between the College of Life … Continue reading "Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH)"
Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research (CPROR)

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Based at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham, the Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes … Continue reading "Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research (CPROR)"
Centre for Rare Diseases

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Situated in the Heritage Building (former Queen Elizabeth Hospital) at the heart of the BHP … Continue reading "Centre for Rare Diseases"
Clinical Immunology Service

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The Clinical Immunology Service provides a full range of immunological investigation services, offering the highest quality … Continue reading "Clinical Immunology Service"
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)

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The Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) Network was established in 2007 and now has 18 … Continue reading "Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)"
Genomics Birmingham

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Genomics Birmingham is a resource centre providing a range of genomic services, along with a … Continue reading "Genomics Birmingham"
Health Services Management Centre (HSMC)

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A critical friend of the healthcare community: The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at BHP … Continue reading "Health Services Management Centre (HSMC)"
Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI)

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The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) brings together leading experts from a variety of disciplines across … Continue reading "Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI)"
Henry Wellcome Building for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility

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The Henry Wellcome Building for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is the UK’s largest biomolecular NMR … Continue reading "Henry Wellcome Building for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility"
Human Biomaterials Resource Centre

The Human Biomaterials Resource Centre (HBRC) is a human sample biorepository, licensed by the Human … Continue reading "Human Biomaterials Resource Centre"
Inflammation Research Facility (IRF)

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The Inflammation Research Facility (IRF) is a clinical facility focusing on inflammation based within QEHB … Continue reading "Inflammation Research Facility (IRF)"
Institute for Mental Health

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The Institute for Mental Health (IMH) has been established to maximise the collaborative efforts of … Continue reading "Institute for Mental Health"
Institute of Translational Medicine

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The Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) is a place where scientists, researchers, clinicians and industry … Continue reading "Institute of Translational Medicine"
Medical Device Testing & Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC)

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Based within BHP's Institute of Translational Medicine, MD-TEC is a custom-built facility designed to support … Continue reading "Medical Device Testing & Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC)"
Midlands & Wales Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre (MW-ATTC)

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The Midlands and Wales Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre (MW-ATTC) is part of the wider ATTC … Continue reading "Midlands & Wales Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre (MW-ATTC)"
MRC Centre for Immune Regulation

Research activity within the Birmingham MRC Centre for Immune Regulation underpins clinical research and translational … Continue reading "MRC Centre for Immune Regulation"
NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West Midlands

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West Midlands is a five-year (2019-2024) initiative funded by … Continue reading "NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West Midlands"
NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

The NIHR Birmingham BRC brings together the expertise of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) … Continue reading "NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)"
NIHR Surgical Reconstruction & Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC)

The NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC) is a national hub for trauma … Continue reading "NIHR Surgical Reconstruction & Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC)"
NIHR Trauma Management MedTech Co-operative (Trauma MIC)

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We are one of 11 NIHR MedTech and In Vitro diagnostics Co-Operatives (MICs) across England. … Continue reading "NIHR Trauma Management MedTech Co-operative (Trauma MIC)"
NIHR/Wellcome Trust Birmingham Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

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The Birmingham NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is a truly integrated BHP centre. Its … Continue reading "NIHR/Wellcome Trust Birmingham Clinical Research Facility (CRF)"
Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research

Birmingham has long provided specialist care for injured members of the armed forces, with the … Continue reading "Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research"
The BioHub Birmingham

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The BioHub Birmingham is a bioincubator at the heart of a support ecosystem for biomedical … Continue reading "The BioHub Birmingham"
The Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE)

The Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE) is a unique collaboration between the Universities … Continue reading "The Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE)"