Research studies - open for recruitment

The following research studies are currently open for recruitment:


SYMBAD - Clinical trial of Mirtazapine versus placebo in the treatment of agitation for people with dementia. View the patient information sheet here.

You can find out more about dementia studies and others on the Join Dementia Research website and also on the University of Exeter dementia research website.

Schizophrenia and Psychosis

ADR - Identifying any genetic predispositions for adverse reactions to Clozapine, to develop individualised drug therapy. View the patient information sheet here

PPiP - An observational study collecting demographic and clinical data, in addition to a blood sample. This study aims to understand if some cases of psychiatric illness are caused by the presence of specific antibodies. View the patient information sheet here

SINAPPS2 - Clinical trial of immunotherapy versus placebo for people whose blood tests show that their psychosis is antibody-associated. 

SCENE 5 - The aim of the SCENE intervention is to improve patients’ quality of life through enhancing their social networks. The SCENE intervention consists of a number of one-to-one contacts between a patient and a mental health professional over a six-month period. Professionals encourage and help patients to engage in activities of the patients’ choosing that involve social contacts. View the patient information sheet here

Relapse Evaluation using Smart Phone Technology (REST) - This study aims to  evaluate the feasibility of predicting relapse in severe mental illness using digital phenotyping data based on smartphone use. View the patient information sheet here

Exploring unusual feelings The aim of the study is to learn more about experiences that are sometimes called ‘depersonalisation’ or ‘dissociation’. These are strange feelings and experiences, which can make people feel numb, unreal, detached, or ‘spaced out’. We are interested in knowing if experiences like these are related to other experiences, like having worries about others trying to harm you, or hearing or seeing things that other people cannot see or hear. We are also interested to find out whether these experiences are related to the way people experience emotions, the way people think, and how capable and confident people feel. For more information please click here

For carers

RCT of COPe-support online resource for carers - If you are supporting a loved one affected by psychosis, aged 18 or above, living in England, and enjoy using internet resources, we would like to tell you more about COPe-support. Please visit our website here or click here for further information.


Molecular investigation into Bipolar Disorder (perinatal arm) - This study is looking at factors that make some women with bipolar disorder more likely than others to experience mood episodes in the postpartum period. We hope this study will lead to better prediction and treatments for these episodes. View the patient information sheet here

National Centre for Mental Health (Perinatal Arm) - This study is trying to understand why some people experience problems with their mental health during the perinatal period. The purpose of this study is to collect information and samples for genetic, biological, psychological and clinical research, to look for genes and other factors which make some people more likely than others to become ill. The study hopes to improve understanding of perinatal mental health and help find better treatments in the future. Please click here for further information.


ASC - The Adult Autism Spectrum Cohort UK, Autism condition in Adulthood - Learning about the lives of adults on the autism spectrum and their relatives in order to create an evidence-based approach to meeting health and social care needs. View the patient information sheet here

Eating disorders
Triangle - A randomised controlled trial to examine whether the addition of a patient and carer skill sharing intervention improves long-term patient wellbeing following hospital treatment for anorexia nervosa. View the patient information sheet here
Mood disorders

The GLAD Study - a project set up to explore genetic risk factors in individuals who have suffered with or been diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety. The GLAD Study is a way for those who have experienced depression and/or anxiety to join the NIHR Mental Health BioResource, an NHS NIHR funded project which is part of the NIHR BioResource for Translational Research. The NIHR BioResource is a national initiative where the aim to college genetic and clinical data from volunteers to build up a central library of information about people’s health. It offers you the chance to take part in ground-breaking research aimed at improving the lives of those not only with depression and anxiety, but other health conditions.  Please see the study website here.

IBER - A new psychological intervention for bipolar disorder, called Imagery Based Emotional Regulation (IBER). IBER is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and is specifically aimed at helping people deal with the anxiety that often occurs in people who suffer from bipolar disorder. IBER is a feasibility study with a two-arm randomised parallel controlled trial design. Participants will either carry on with their usual treatment, or be offered IBER in addition to their usual treatment. View the patient information sheet here

BA-BD: Behavioural Activation for Bipolar Depression - A case series evaluation. Behavioural Activation (BA) is an established approach for people with unipolar depression. It helps people re-establish healthier patterns of activity, but thus far there is little research into offering BA to people with bipolar depression. View the patient information sheet here


If you are interested in being involved in participating in research please email or phone 01392 674117.