On the 15th of April our PI, Dr. Paulo Rossi Menezes joined the workshop about “Mental Health Innovation in the Americas: Closing the Treatment Gap” promoted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Grand Challenges Canada.
The workshp was part of the meeting “Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Priority” promoted by The World Bank and World Health Organization.
Dr. Menezes preseted the efforts Latin-Mh is doing to reduce the treatment gap in Latin America.
The Latin-MH hub has new members:
Mauricio Toyama, a psychologist who will work as Fieldwork Coordinator in the clinical trial of Lima, Peru.
Victoria Cavero, a psychologist who will work as Fieldwork Supervisor in the clinical trial of Lima, Peru.
Kenneth R Weingardt, the Scientific Director at the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITS).
Eric M. Carty Fickes, the Technology Lead at the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITS).
Daniela Cruz dos Santos, a biomedical who will work as Fieldwork Coordinator in the RCT of São Paulo, Brazil.
George Scotton, the new Datacenter Statistician of Latin-MH.
Suzana Aschcar and Thais Ugeda, both psychologists who will work as Clinical Supervisors in the RCT of São Paulo, Brazil.
Ligia Bugelli, public policy manager, and Amanda Livia Santos, psychologist, who will work as Fieldwork Supervisors in the RCT of São Paulo, Brazil.
Caroline Domingos Belo, nurse, and Amanda Caroni, psychologist who joined the Latin-MH as Research Assistants and RCT Fellows.
Read more about them in the members page.
During the first week of September, the members of Latin-MH attended the Collaborative Hubs for International Research on Mental Health:Fourth Annual Grantee Workshop. The meeting was held in Accra, Ghana from August 31st to September 2nd.
It was a great opportunity to discuss the work we have being doing and to see what the other hubs are working on.
The members also had the opportunity to participate in a workshop on Assessing Value Across and Within the Hubs lead by Dan Chisholm from the World Health Organization and Hanani Tabana from the University of the Western Cape.
We also some social activities planned that gave us the opportunity to experience some of the local culture.
During the week's activities it was announced that the next Annual Meeting will take place in São Paulo, Brazil, in September 2016.
Fellowships linked to Hub: There will be opportunities to link with other programs so that their fellows can join our projects and vice versa. We have a list of potential funders for fellowships and we can provide support to develop a proposal for a small number of highly promising young researchers. Our capacity building program will be offering this support to the incoming fellows.
Seed grants: Our Senior researchers are working with less experienced colleagues to help them prepare proposals for seed grants. We have had several recent successes with this initiative.
Other opportunities: We will be soon announcing the launching of our training program and there will be opportunities to join in.