Embassy of Brazil in London hosts Brazil-UK research collaboration symposium

07 Nov 2018

The symposium “New paradigms for Prevention in Mental Health: insights from Brazil-UK research collaborations” took place at the Embassy of Brazil in London, on 19 October 2018.

The event – co-sponsored by the LSE and King's College London (KCL), and chaired by Dr Sara Evans-Lacko (LSE) and Prof Rodrigo Bressan (KCL) – brought together world-leading academics from Brazil and the UK, and it was attended by policy makers, students and researchers working on mental health promotion and prevention of mental disorders. It provided a platform to debate the latest scientific advances and innovative approaches relating to mental health and neuroscience research, as well as an opportunity to strengthen CGMH's collaboration with LSE and Brazil. The talks included perspectives from neuroscience, neuropsychology, and social sciences; the presenters discussed their latest findings on adult, adolescent and child vulnerability to mental health issues.

Professor Ricardo Araya (CGMH/IoPPN), co-sponsoring the event, presented a talk titled “Mental Health Innovative Interventions in Brazil”. Ricardo shared insight from his vast experience of mental health research in Brazil, including the PROACTIVE and LATIN-MH projects. Other IoPPN collaborators were Prof Philip McGuire (keynote speaker) and Prof Louise Arsenault (speaker). The symposium was a great opportunity to discuss more widely the research outputs from collaborative Brazil-UK projects. This continuing collaboration will enable the formulation of globally relevant inputs into mental health care delivery for young people, which will be a resource for future health care service design.