Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR) brain and mind community research focuses on the relationship between scientific discovery and the wider community. This not only includes the development, specification, and delivery of evidence-based interventions, but also the promotion of behaviours that can support health and wellbeing, both at an individual and at a group level.
Applied Parkinson's research
Children and young people
- anti-social behaviour
- child maltreatment
- early childhood development
- social-emotional learning.
Key projects include:
- ADAPT, an evidence-based programme for young mothers (Axford)
- Chance UK, a mentoring programme for 5-11 year-old children in London who are reported to be displaying challenging behaviour and emotional problems at school and at home (Axford)
- The development of guidance for schools to best support parents' engagement in their children's learning (Axford).
Eye and Vision research
Formally launched in October 2018 and led by Professor Rohit Shankar, The Cornwall Intellectual Disability Equitable Research (CIDER), is a partnership between the University of Plymouth and Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) focusing on people with intellectual disabilities. The activity of the partnership ranges from research right through to policy development (working with NHS England, local authorities and NHS Trusts), training and co-production. Current work includes research on comorbid intellectual disability and epilepsy, including sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).
Promoting mental and physical health and well-being
- Partners 2, a programme that has developed a system of collaborative care, based in GP surgeries for people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (Byng)
- Engager, a novel intervention for offenders with common mental health problems, near to and after release (Byng)
- DEStress, a project examining the medicalisation of mental distress caused by material deprivation and social disadvantage (Byng)
- Strengthen, a project examining whether additional support via Health Trainers is effective in improving the health behaviours and wellbeing of people receiving community supervision (Taylor)
- PHASED: a systematic review of physical activity for alcohol and substance use disorders (Thompson)
- Flourish in Nature, a project supporting 140 people in their alcohol and drug use recovery journey by providing opportunities as volunteers in natural environments (Thompson)
- e-CoachER, a multi-centred randomised controlled trial investigating the impact of web-based coaching on health-enhancing physical activity for patients with chronic physical and mental health conditions (Taylor).
An important focus of PIHR research is to support the development of evidence-based interventions and practice. Within brain and mind research, this includes the work of the Rehabilitation research group, members of whom develop and test interventions to support the recovery, maintenance of function and prevention of avoidable complications in people who have resolving conditions such as stroke (Marsden, Demain), and those whose condition is long-term, static or deteriorating such as multiple sclerosis (Marsden, Gunn, Freeman, Demain) and Parkinson’s disease (Carroll, Marsden, Demain).
Further rehabilitation work focuses on those post brain injury living within community settings and supporting their long-term biological, psychological, and social needs (Norman).
Applied Parkinson's Research Group
The Applied Parkinson’s Research Group, led by Dr Camille Carroll, focuses on clinical trials of neuroprotective interventions in Parkinson’s, digital innovation for care and research, and genetic aspects of Parkinson’s.