The EPSRC funded NewMind network explores the potential for technology to transform the management & treatment of mental health conditions, whilst seeking to address underlying Engineering and Physical Science (EPS) research challenges.
The network, which is coordinated by Manchester Informatics, began as a partnership between EPS researchers (initially from the Universities of Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Lancaster and York), and the NIHR funded MindTech Healthcare Technology Cooperative.
It has subsequently grown to cover over 300 members across a range of EPS, Clinical and research disciplines, industry partners, charities, and patient and service user representatives, from multiple institutions and organisations.
The network focusses on four broad clinical areas, and four cross cutting EPS research challenge themes.
Serious Mental Illness, Mood and Affective Disorder, Dementia, and Developmental Disorders
Sensing Systems, Information Management, Data Analytics, and Human-centric Systems
One of the outputs of the network is a Research Roadmap, developed and refined through a series of multidisciplinary workshops involving researchers, clinicians, charities, service users and industry. The Roadmap explores the potential for technology to transform mental health care from three perspectives: a Health Outcomes Framework that provides a structured approach to describing the purposes of technology intervention; a summary of Engineering and Physical Science Research Challenges that identifies key advances that will be necessary to realise the potential for transformation; and an outline Ethical and Responsible Innovation Framework that sets out core principles which should guide researchers working in this field.
NewMind was awarded 'Networks Plus' funding from the EPSRC to continue our activities until May 2019. This includes a small amount of funding for feasibility studies. Details of how to access these funds through participation in NewMind events will be posted on this site and in our communications to network members.
Join the NewMind Network by following the link below.