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The November Round-up

The November Round-up

November is hurtling past at a startling rate! We’re already in the slippery descent to cheesy Christmas adverts and near-constant Mariah Carey on the radio. Let’s find out what UKRI-funded mental health networks have been up to this month. From events, blogs and YouTube series to research papers, there’s a lot to catch up on....

Air Pollution and Mental Health: Q&A

Air Pollution and Mental Health: Q&A

With COP26 in full swing and the world focusing on climate change, we wanted to talk about the impact air pollution has on mental health. We know that air pollution has a significant effect on our physical health. But there’s also a growing body of research connecting exposure to air pollution to mental illness. We...

The Round-Up – October 2021

The Round-Up – October 2021

After a brief pause in September, it’s time for another round-up. If we haven’t crossed paths yet – nice to meet you, I’m Daisy. JJ has started his Masters and passed the network coordination communications baton to me. It’s been fascinating learning more about the work of the networks and the incredible projects that you...

Open Science resources document

Open Science resources document

To support the plus-fund teams, we compiled resources tailored to the potential needs of their projects. Most of these projects centre on: developing guidelines running focus groups developing resources, and pilot studies. Therefore, we focused on resources to support anyone interested in making their own projects more open and reproducible, but may not have had...

Ask the Experts Roundtable

Ask the Experts Roundtable

Rounding off our ECR Series with a bang – with our Ask the Experts Roundtable. For the roundtable discussion, we were joined by senior researcher representatives from each of the Mental Health Networks. ECRs joined salon-style sessions with two of these impressive researchers where they could ask their burning questions about all things research, academia,...

Open Science: Funding partnerships for registered reports

Open Science: Funding partnerships for registered reports

Wrapping up our Open Science presentations was Katie Drax. Katie rounded off our talks with a summary of her qualitative research into funding partnerships for registered reports. Her talk was a powerful example of how transferable “open science” practices can be to qualitative research – this would be particularly relevant to the plus-fund projects. Katie...

Open Science: Qualitative research and preregistrations

Open Science: Qualitative research and preregistrations

Our second talk on the Open Science theme was by Dr Tamarinde Haven. Tamarinde continued our series of talks introducing preregistrations for qualitative research. It was fascinating to hear how an approach developed for and typically limited to quantitative research could be applied to qualitative studies. Her talk last December was especially timely, as her...

Open Science: Reducing Research Waste

Open Science: Reducing Research Waste

The first of our speakers was Professor Ioana Cristea Ioana kicked off our three talks by discussing research waste, particularly in clinical and mental health sciences. A key take-home message was that poor reporting of research has big knock-on effects on future research, including how biased our meta-analyses of intervention effects can be if we...

Funding advice and tips for early career researchers

Funding advice and tips for early career researchers

We hosted a fantastic online event aimed at ECRs in collaboration with the eight networks, in December 2020. There were two things ECRs wanted from a cross-network event: information on funding and networking. We packed the first event with presentations from four mental health research network representatives and eight MH network plus-fund recipients. The network...

New resources for Patient and Public Involvement in Mental Health Research

New resources for Patient and Public Involvement in Mental Health Research

How do you react if lived experience feedback means a substantial change to your study? What practical basics of coproduction can ensure your research has the most impact? We know that Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is a vital component for creating effective mental health research. But, in practice, what does good PPI look like?...

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