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Major research grant wins for the IMH

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Nottingham is celebrating a series of successful recent grant wins which will enhance the richness and diversity of its research portfolio.

The Institute, a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham, has picked up five research grants in early 2013. Each year, the Institute is awarded approximately £6 million in research funding. The most recent grant wins include:

• £1.5 million over five years from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, for 'Creative practice as mutual recovery: connecting communities for mental health and well-being'. The project marks a radical shift of vision in approaches to mental health that could transform how people with mental health difficulties, carers, health, social care and education personnel work together to take new opportunities to build communities of mutual hope, compassion and solidarity.

• £1.5 million over three years from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to use visual arts interventions to address the marginalisation of people with dementia. This will provide an evidence base for the use of visual arts in dementia care and increase community cohesion by engaging cultural partners such as art galleries in supporting dementia care.

• Almost £800,000 over four years to set up a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) for Mental Health and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. This will focus on fostering partnerships between patients, clinicians, academics and industry to develop technological innovations for the management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder autism spectrum disorder, Tourette's, depression and bipolar disorder.

• €70,000 from the European Foundation for Alcohol Research to study the inter-relationships between socio-economic status, alcohol use and ill health across the life span. The results of this research will assist with health policy decisions, clarifying when and with whom prevention and intervention efforts could most effectively be targeted.

• Additional funding from a successful grant win from our partner organisation, the Centre for Mental Health in London, which has obtained a grant for £500,000 to look at employment for offenders with mental health problems. The three-year programme, funded by the Henry Smith Charity and John Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust, will use an evidence-based approach to help people with mental health problems get into real jobs on release from prison. The Institute will support the Centre's work through recruiting and supervising a PhD student to work on the programme.

"We're absolutely delighted to get 2013 off to such a flying start," says IMH Director, Professor Nick Manning. "This proves that our Institute is truly earning its place as a leading research centre of excellence both nationally and internationally."