Dawn of new exciting roles for Prince & Araya
Professor Martin Prince, co-founder in 2009 of the Centre for Global Mental Health, is the newly appointed Assistant Principal (Global Health), at King's College London.
Martin is Professor of Epidemiological Psychiatry, and his research interests include the development and evaluation of scalable models of care for mental disorders in low income countries, the salience of mental disorders to health development priorities (communicable diseases, maternal and child health), and service and system responses to the chronic disease epidemic in older people. His work has been conducted with partners in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, India and China.
There is increasing focus on issues of global health, including priority areas such as chronic disease control, health workforce development, and the impact of the environment on health. This lead to a fivefold increase in funding over the last 25 years, with $31B being spent in 2013. The two most rapid growth areas for investment are chronic diseases and maternal, newborn & child health.
He has led the 10/66 Dementia Research Group since its inception in 1998, a network of over 100 researchers, from Latin America, India, China, Nigeria and South Africa. After developing and validating culture- and education-fair assessments in 26 centres, the group has gone on to mount population-based studies in 13 sites in 10 countries, with over 20,000 older participants.
Professor Ricardo Araya has joined the Health Service and Population Reserach departmennt, at King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry as Head of Centre, from the ondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as Clinical Professor in Global Mental Health.
He has achieved much over the last 25 years working in Global Mental Health, with much of his work being undertaken in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Several of his current projects use technological platforms to deliver mental health interventions. In Chile, he led the introduction of the first National Depression Treatment Programme in Primary Care in Chile.
Co-investigator with fellow CGMH members Melanie Abas, Martin Prince, Charlotte Hanlon and Helen Weiss he is involved in the African Mental Health Research Initiative project (AMARI), funded by the Wellcome Trust's Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) program, which is lead by the Dixon Chibanda at the University of Zimbabwe.
He joins KCL to strengthen the Global Mental Health group with the intention to make the CGMH the most reputable centre worldwide in this field.