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Mood and Psychotic Disorders Biodesign workshop

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This event is co-hosted by MindTech (NIHR Mental Health MedTech Co-operative) and the University of Nottingham.

According to the charity Mind, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. Many do not seek help and even when referred to psychological services within the NHS only 40% receive therapy. This means around 3 in 4 people with a mental illness are currently not receiving any treatment.

Mood disorders are comprised of a range of mental illnesses which include depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. They can affect people of all ages; 10% of British 5-15 year olds have a diagnosable mental health condition but only 25% of these receive support. More than 75% of adults who access mental health services had a diagnosable disorder prior to the age of 18. Psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia are also often experienced alongside mood disorders. Self-harm, suicidal feelings and other symptoms of mental illness are closely related to both mood and psychotic disorders.

Mood disorders are often treated with antidepressant and mood stabilising medicines; however, these can cause a wide range of unpleasant side effects. There are a range of non-pharmaceutical treatments currently being investigated and some are already available for patients. Neuromodulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) are in use and are being evaluated in the NHS. There have been some promising results for deep brain stimulation and vagus nerve stimulation in the treatment of depression. Recently there have also been some very exciting studies which have shown that virtual reality has the potential to deliver rapid, lasting improvements in mental health.

This workshop is being run in collaboration with MindTech. It will take a biodesign approach and aims to bring together clinicians, companies, academics, charities and other stakeholders, to accelerate the development of new neurotechnologies to treat mood and psychotic disorders.

How will registration work?

We will operate an Expression of Interest scheme and endeavour to confirm your space at the event as soon as possible. Selection of delegates is on the basis of alignment with the topics covered by the event, experience, type of organisation and geography. We reserve the right to limit participation to one representative per organisation if required.

For any queries please contact:

Charlie Winkworth-Smith, Knowledge Transfer Manager Emerging Technologies

Poonam Phull, Events Manager

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