Mental Health Translational Research Collaboration

MH-TRC COVID-19 and Mental Health Studies Register

Funded and led by the Mental Health TRC, the COVID-19 and Mental Health Studies Register aims to help prevent duplicate efforts, and help coordinate and facilitate the development of high-quality collaborative mental health research in the UK within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are researching mental health and COVID-19, please add your research study to the register. You can also search for listed projects here.


The NIHR Mental Health Translational Research Collaboration (MH-TRC) is a national network of centres of excellence in mental health translational and clinical research that facilitates collaboration with charities and industry partners.

What we can offer
Our expertise and strengths
Who we are
Our projects
Contact us

What we can offer

NIHR Mental Health TRC offers industry and charities:

  • Quicker and easier feedback to clinical research proposals
  • Partnership with service users affected by mental health problems across the country
  • Access to mental illness cohorts for experimental medicine studies
  • Accelerated translation of discoveries into better treatments.

Our expertise and strengths

The main focus areas of this collaboration include but are not limited to:

The NIHR Mental Health TRC brings together:

  • World-class mental health clinical research facilities across nine of the NIHR’s Biomedical Research Centres and Clinical Research Facilities
  • The NIHR Mental Health MedTech Co-operative
  • Five additional centres of excellence across England, Scotland, and Wales.

Who we are

The NIHR Mental Health TRC is co-led by Chair Professor John Geddes from the NIHR Oxford Health BRC, Chair Emeritus Professor Matthew Hotopf from the NIHR Maudsley BRC, and Deputy Chair Professor Rachel Upthegrove from the University of Birmingham.

By working collaboratively, we can accelerate this innovation to help those with mental illness.”

Read the blog from Professor Matthew Hotopf, Chair of the NIHR Mental Health TRC

To find out more about the NIHR Mental Health TRC and how your company or organisation can partner with us, E-mail: 


List of Mental Health TRC partner organisations

NIHR Centres


Clinical academic leads

NIHR Maudsley BRC and associated NIHR CRF at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Matthew Hotopf

(Emeritus Chair of the Mental Health-TRC)

NIHR Oxford Health BRC and associated NIHR CRF at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Professor John Geddes

(Chair of the Mental Health-TRC)

Nottingham BRC and NIHR MindTech Co-operative

Professor Chris Hollis

NIHR Bristol BRC

Dr Jonathan Evans

NIHR Cambridge BRC and associated NIHR CRF at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Ed Bullmore


Professor Anthony David

NIHR Imperial BRC

Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes


Professor Clive Ballard

NIHR Manchester CRF in association with Greater Manchester Mental health NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Bill Deakin

Other Centres


Clinical Academic leads

Cardiff University, National Centre for Mental Health

Professor James Walters

NHS Research Scotland Mental Health Network

Professor Andrew Gumley

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Professor David Baldwin

Newcastle University

Professor Hamish McAllister-Williams

University of Birmingham

Professor Rachel Upthegrove

(Deputy Chair of the Mental Health-TRC)

Our projects

The MH TRC boasts a wealth of expertise in a wide variety of areas within mental health. The TRC and its members are actively involved in different projects aiming to improve research into mental health. Some examples include:

Contact us

To find out more about the NIHR Mental Health TRC and how your company or organisation can partner with us, E-mail:


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