The Road to Global Mental Health Conference - Sold Out

29 Oct 2019, 09:00 to 17:00
The Great Hall, Strand, King's College London, WC2R 2LS

The Road to Global Mental Health Conference marks the 10th year anniversary for the Centre for Global Mental Health. It will focus on research projects, education engagements and overall achievements from 2009 to 2019, as well as reflect on the future of global mental health. The Conference will bring together leading researchers and academics working in global mental health in low- and middle-income countries, and it will provide an opportunity for early-career researchers to showcase their work in the form of Lightning Talks and poster presentations.


The event is now sold out. 

Key speakers and topics:

Welcome, Prof ‘Funmi Olosinakin (King’s Vice-Principal International)

The journey of global mental health, Prof Vikram Patel and Prof Martin Prince 

Report: 10 years of Centre for Global Mental Health, Prof Ricardo Araya (co-Director CGMH, King's)

Evidence for reducing stigma and discrimination in low- and middle-income countries, Prof Sir Graham Thornicroft

Child and adolescent mental health, Prof Andrea Danese 

Most psychiatric disorders have onset in childhood and adolescent years. Therefore, a focus on child and adolescent mental health is key to reduce psychopathology worldwide. In order to reduce the burden of psychopathology, it is important to understand and address common, modifiable risk factors, such as childhood trauma. The talk will consider opportunities and challenges for research in these areas.

Capacity building, Dr Ritsuko Kakuma (co-Director CGMH, LSHTM)

Looking back and looking forward: successes and ongoing challenges in integrating mental health into primary care in low resource settings, Prof Crick Lund and Dr Charlotte Hanlon

Lightning talks by early career researchers, Facilitated by Prof Sarah Byford

Talks by: Caroline Smartt, Dr Elaine Flores, Dr Georgia Lockwood Estrin, Matthew Aldridge, Nicole Votruba, One Selohilwe, Dr Roxanne Keynejad, Wubalem Fekadu, Prakash BK


Ageing & mental health: an epidemiological insight into older populations,  Dr Matthew Prina

During this talk the work from 3 major initiatives will be presented. These will include the 10/66 Dementia Research Group, ATHLOS, and WHO’s work to promote healthy ageing across the life course. The 10/66 Dementia Research Cohort study is a cohort study of older adults aged 65 and over living in nine low and middle-income countries (China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela). When the group began its activity in the late 1990s, it was estimated that less than 10% of population-based research into dementia had been conducted in LMIC, where up to two-thirds of those affected might live, hence the name 10/66. Since then, over 200 papers related to the 10/66 Dementia Research Group have been published, expanding beyond the initials aims of the collaboration of focusing on dementia, and that now addresses multiple facets of ageing in LMIC. The ATHLOS (Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies) project is a consortium of 15 partners across Europe who are working together to understand patterns of healthy ageing trajectories, and to seek the factors that determine those patterns, by using a harmonised dataset of 17 international cohort studies of ageing. Finally, an introduction to some of the work that the WHO and other partners are conducting in preparation for the launch of the global status report on healthy ageing that will be launched in 2020 will be presented.

Mental health and the global goal to end AIDS by 2030, Prof Melanie Abas

Psychoses: A Global Perspective, Prof Craig Morgan (Head of Department, HSPR)

Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, affect more than 23 million people worldwide, contribute substantially to the global burden of disease, and are associated with high rates of disability and mortality, particularly in low resource settings where a majority never receive treatment. However, there are striking global inequities in our knowledge of psychoses. Over 85% of the world’s population lives in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, but less than 10% of research is done in these settings. As a basis for developing more humane, effective, and accessible services in diverse settings, we need a new generation of research on psychotic disorders worldwide. In this talk, I will provide an overview of our current state of knowledge on psychotic disorders worldwide and introduce the INTREPID programme, which is designed to investigate the heterogeneity of psychoses in diverse settings, and related extensions, including plans for a global consortium for psychosis research.

Roundtable: Past, present & future: Moderated by Dr Mary de Silva