A place where psychiatric research is applied to real-world settings
The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience is the “birthplace of modern psychiatry”, says interim executive dean Patrick Leman. Its research history spans the understanding of “shell shock”, the development of the biopsychosocial model of psychology, and the creation of the specialties of neuropsychiatry and child psychiatry.
The IoPPN nurtures relationships across the university, and particularly with King’s Health Partners. This has allowed the institute to drive the integration of physical and mental healthcare, an area in which King’s is a world leader.
“But what’s really distinctive about the institute is our really intimate relationship with the Maudsley [hospital], which means we’re pretty much the only place that has the ability to do the basic bench research and then apply it to real-world settings,” says Leman.
The IoPPN’s research has had considerable impact over the years. IoPPN researchers found the link between regular cannabis use and onset of psychosis, and revealed the shocking prevalence of personality disorders. This put personality disorders on policymakers’ agendas, resulting in specialist personality disorder services becoming routinely available on the NHS.
In addition, collaborative links on every continent allow King’s researchers to tackle international issues, such as the provision of healthcare for victims of conflict in Sri Lanka suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.