Cross-cutting theme lead: Kia Nobre
► About the theme
The Oxford Health BRC benefits from a dynamic network of neuroscience research, allowing clinicians to understand the causes of disorders, to access improved diagnostic tools, and develop effective bespoke therapies.
The availability of sensitive measures of cognitive and brain health is essential to identify the individuals who will most benefit from particular forms of treatment and to evaluate the outcomes of clinical trials.
► What are our aims?
- Improve patient care, improve quality of life, and reduce healthcare costs
- Establish a comprehensive ‘Brain Health Assessment’ in partnership with patients and clinicians
- Create a pipeline for turning neuro-imaging measures and results into clinically useful tools
► How are we achieving this?
- Developing novel cognitive and imaging biomarkers to enable earlier and more accurate diagnosis, which will inform treatment decisions
- Enabling monitoring of disease progression and treatment response for diseases and disorders of mental health
- Translating sensitive psychological and neural measures to inform treatment development through an experimental-medicine approach
- Providing clear markers to assess the efficacy of clinical trials involving new pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions
- Introducing standardized and state-of-the art assessments for research participants and volunteers to undergo
- Inviting research participants to join a community of ‘trial ready’ individuals