LEADING NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH CENTRE OPENS IN DARTFORD
4th December 2002. Today saw the opening of a major new
mental health research centre, the first of its kind in
Dartford, Kent, to specialise in severe mental illness.
The opening ceremony was attended by a cross section of
health professionals, mental health organisations and service
The Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Centre
(CNRC) in Priory Hill is Professor Tonmoy Sharma, a consultant
psychiatrist who is one of the UK’s leading researchers
and has published more than 150 academic papers and 4 books.
He is world-renowned for his work in brain imaging and the
early detection of major mental illnesses.
Dr. Howard Stoate MP, Member of Parliament for Dartford,
Secretary of the Labour Party’s Health Committee and
Chair of the All-Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and
Public Health, inaugurated the new centre.
In his speech to the guests at the opening ceremony Dr.
Stoate said, “The Clinical Neuroscience Research Centre
(CNRC) is an asset to Dartford and a real boost for the
area. The work at the CNRC is a huge step forward in unravelling
the causes of these illnesses and developing better treatments
for mental illness. This will make it much easier for GPs
who will have more information to give to their patients.
As GPs we still have a massive gap in understanding why
these illnesses affect some people and not others and how
patients respond to treatment. What matters in the end is
that people are able to resume a normal life.”
Professor Sharma has already begun leading edge research
into different aspects of severe mental illness at the new
centre. He is particularly interested in working with local
primary care facilities for the detection of these illnesses
and the development of new treatments that will help people
with severe mental illness return as quickly as possible
to normal living.
One important aspect of his work involves investigating
how people with schizophrenia can be encouraged to use their
thinking powers better to overcome their illness. “Improving
cognition is a vital piece of the jigsaw in helping people
get better,” said Professor Sharma.
He is also a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’
Changing Minds anti-stigma campaign. “I am committed
to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illnesses
of all kinds,” he said. “Instead of discriminating
against people with mental health problems, we can offer
friendship and support. I feel privileged to be working
in an area where so much interesting work remains to be
The Centre welcomes inquiries from local healthcare facilities
who need more information about the work being carried out
at the CNRC.
For further information contact:
Sanchayita Sharma, Manager- External Affairs, Clinical Neuroscience
7 Twisleton Court, Priory Hill, Dartford, Kent DA1 2EN Ph:
01322 286862 extn 102, Mobile: 07900673340, Fax: +44(0)
1322 286 861, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The CNRC would like to thank AstraZeneca and Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals
for supporting the launch.