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Leading experts appointed to lead research team

26 Sep 2014

Two leading medical researchers have been appointed to lead research and development (R&D) studies at West London Mental Health NHS Trust.

Dr Kevin Murray, who has worked as the clinical director at Broadmoor Hospital, will be the trust’s new director of R&D from next month.

He is taking over the position from Dr Craig Ritchie who is leaving the trust to take up a new position at the University of Edinburgh.

Kevin brings a wealth of experience to the role as well as a longstanding interest in research and development activities.  He said: “With so many research opportunities in mental health, this is an exciting time to join the team.

“I’m looking forward to contributing to transforming the latest research and clinical trials into better treatments and mental health care for the public. I will continue to develop and maintain close working relationships with the trust’s academic partners to make a real difference to patient care.”

Meanwhile Dr Vanessa Raymont has been appointed to lead the trust’s clinical trials centre in Hounslow.

Dr Raymont trained in the UK before traveling to America where she conducted research into head injuries while working at the National Institutes of Health and John Hopkins University.  More recently, she started working closely with one of the country’s leading neurologists at Imperial College where she jointly developed studies into head injuries.

Dr Raymont will retain an honorary senior lecturer post at Imperial College, allowing her to develop further collaborations between the trust and the institution.

The newly refurbished clinical trials facility, based at Lakeside Mental Health Unit in Isleworth, conducts research trials in an effort to find new ways of treating mental health conditions such as dementia, mood disorders and psychosis.

Dr Vanessa Raymont will manage the unit and direct its researchers who conduct the trials.  She said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role, leading a dedicated team of experts in purpose built and modern surroundings.  We have a number of exciting areas of research that we are actively engaged with and have many important studies that we will be starting in the future.”

Get involved in clinical trials

The department is always keen to hear from members of the public who are keen to be actively involved in clinical trials.  If you are interested, please contact the R&D team on 020 8483 1826.

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