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BPS member takes up prestigious new role

08 March 2019

BPS member Professor Miranda Wolpert has been appointed head of the Wellcome Trust’s mental health priority area.

Professor Wolpert said she was excited at the prospect of a new ‘super-field’ of mental health science.

She will focus first on emerging depression and anxiety in young people, which the BPS has identified as its policy priority for 2019.

She said:

“To achieve this means bringing diverse groups together. Biological scientists with big data analysts; clinicians with community providers; social scientists with social entrepreneurs.

Our task is to join together to develop a common understanding to create secure foundations for the emerging science of mental health. Together we can build a new future for the majority of us who will face mental health problems at some point in our lives.”

Professor Wolpert is Professor in Evidence Based Practice and Research at University College London and an adviser to the Department of Health and NHS England.

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