The National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) was established in April 2011 and is Wales’ first Biomedical Research Centre.
It brings together world-leading researchers, healthcare professionals, patients and carers to improve our understanding of mental health and illness and improve diagnosis, treatment and support for people affected by mental health illness.
The NCMH aims to achieve this by:
- Supporting and undertaking high quality mental health research in order to better understand the causes, triggers, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness across the lifespan, from childhood to older age.
- Helping to improve understanding of mental health and the role of the NCMH in research amongst patients, carers and the public.
The work and research of the NCMH crosses the lifespan and a range of mental health disorders. This includes neurodevelopmental disorders that start during childhood such as Attention Deficit Disorder and Autism, the major adult psychiatric disorders such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
NCMH is part of the research infrastructure for Wales funded by NISCHR, Welsh Government www.wales.gov.uk/nischr. It is hosted by Cardiff University’s Medical Research Centre for Neuropyschiatric Genetics and Genomics and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.