The NIHR Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) Heart of England Hub are hosting their 2012 Scientific Meeting. This year the prestigious event is being held in Birmingham City Centre on 25, 26 and 27 April 2012.

The University of Birmingham is one of a group of universities formally involved with the Mental Health Research Network. This partnership allows researchers and health care professionals to link up and recruit willing participants for projects that seek to improve care and understanding of mental health problems. The School of Psychology has representation at the Heart of England Hub in the form of honorary member of staff Dr Syed Shabbir Haider, who work’s with the School’s Professor Max Birchwood and his team.

The Scientific Meeting will give researchers and mental health professionals the chance to meet together and find out about some of the pioneering studies supported by the MHRN. Professor Max Birchwood will be speaking on ‘Public mental health and the prevention of serious mental illness’ on Wednesday 25th, and Professor Shoumitro Deb will be chairing a session to discuss ‘Interventions in Intellectual Disabilities: what is the evidence’ on Thursday 26th.

For more information about the event (and to book) see the event on the MHRN site.