RADAR-CNS researchers scoop prize at MQ Science Meeting

A team of researchers working on the RADAR-CNS clinical study in major depressive disorder have won the Audience Favourite prize for a poster they presented at the annual MQ Mental Health Science Meeting.

The poster described early findings relating to the acceptability and feasibility of using remote measurement technologies in major depressive disorder, and was presented on the day by Alina Ivan and Katie White, both Research Assistants at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. 

The research was based on work undertaken by the team responsible for the RADAR-CNS strand on major depressive disorder, coordinated by Dr Faith Matcham and led by Professor Matthew Hotopf. The findings of these preliminary investigations, in combination with evidence (also published by RADAR-CNS researchers in January) describing the barriers and facilitators of engaging with remote measurement systems in people with depression, are valuable for helping us to develop systems that are as useful and usable as possible. 

MQ is a national charity that funds scientific research in the field of mental health. Each year, its Mental Health Science Meeting brings together researchers across different disciplines to explore cutting-edge new ways to understand, treat and prevent mental illness. This year’s poster competition featured 58 entries on a diverse range of subjects. Three prizes were awarded: Best Content, Best Presentation and Audience Favourite, with the latter being voted for by delegates via an app. 

Dr Faith Matcham is a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. Besides her role coordinating the clinical study in major depressive disorder, she is also a member of the management team, supporting the overall management of RADAR-CNS. Commenting on the team’s win, she said: “We couldn’t be happier to have won the audience favourite award, and thank everyone who came to speak with us on the day for engaging with our work and asking such important questions. I’m very proud of our research team, and am delighted that their hard work has been acknowledged.”