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Research with the potential to change the lives of millions around the world suffering with mental illness has received a boost with the announcement of £42.7m of government funding.

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Clinicians and scientists at the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), are playing a key role coordinating the Mental Health Mission which will build on the BRC and the NIHR Mental Health Translational Research Collaboration (MH-TRC) to increase research capacity across the country.

The government announcement is designed to promote national collaboration across different sectors to bolster research and attract further investment from industry and research organisations. It follows on from the priority healthcare missions launched last year as part of the Life Sciences Vision and forms part of a suite of life science policy announcements made today.

The NIHR MH-TRC, hosted by NIHR Oxford Health BRC, played a leading role in securing the £42.7m funding in a national effort to ramp up mental health research infrastructure across the UK and accelerate the discovery of effective new treatments for mental illness via the Office for Life Sciences Mental Health Mission.

Major funding has been awarded to two demonstrator sites in Birmingham and Liverpool with further significant funding awarded to the University of Manchester.

Oxford University Visiting Professor Husseini Manji will be co-chair of the Mental Health Mission alongside Professor of Psychological Medicine at The University of Manchester Kathryn Abel.

Read the full story on the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre website