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Research Studies

Mental Health

The GLAD Study

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders worldwide. In the UK, 1 in 3 people will experience symptoms during their lifetime. The GLAD Study aims to better understand depression and anxiety in order to find effective treatments and improve the lives of people experiencing these disorders. A database of 50,000 people is being developed.

Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression Study – GLAD Study  (Ends 30/11/2024)

IBPI (Integrated Bipolar Parenting Intervention)

This study is assessing how online parenting support specifically for parents diagnosed with bipolar disorder can improve both parents’ and children’s wellbeing.

Click here to register your interest   (Ends 30/09/2024)


The overall aim of this project is to develop and test a bespoke educational package to help people with severe mental illness and diabetes to manage their diabetes better. We also want to explore how this approach can be adapted for other long-term conditions.   (Ends 24/05/2024)


This study is the UK’s largest ever research project on eating disorders. Our aim is to collect the psychological, medical, and genetic information of 10,000 people with experience of any eating disorder. This will help us to better understand the role both our genes and environment play in the development of these illnesses.  (Ends 01/09/2024)



The aim of the research is to see whether ondansetron will effectively treat visual hallucinations in people with Parkinson’s or Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). As this is an already licensed drug, if the research shows significant outcomes, ondansetron could be available soon for people with Parkinson’s or LBD who experience hallucinations.   (Ends 01/01/2024)

Parkinsons Families Project (PFP)

The aim of the study is to identify new genes that predispose or cause Parkinson’s Disease or Parkinsonism. We are particularly interested in studying the genetic makeup of two groups of people:

  1. those who developed Parkinson’s before the age of 45; and
  2. those who have a family history of other relatives affected by Parkinson’s or other movement disorders.

Parkinson’s Family Projects :: Home (  (Ends 01/01/2030)


Evaluating the Occupation-Based Complex Intervention for living well with anxiety and Parkinson’s Disease. Our colleagues in University of Plymouth are working with our Occupational Therapy Teams to recruit suitable participants.

(Ends 31/10/2023)

Here are some of the team of Occupational Therapists in Tavistock that are running the study:



Predicting Language Outcome and Recovery After Stroke. This invites people who have had a stroke at any time to undertake language assessments and reviews their brain scans.   (Ends 20/08/2027)

Parkinsons & Dementia


Computerised cognitive assessments in neurodegenerative disorders, This study seeks to find the best way of diagnosing and assessing for Dementia and other Neurodegenerative disorders.

Contact the Livewell research team.  (Ends 01/01/2025)


Time for Dementia

The Time for Dementia programme gives undergraduate healthcare students the unique opportunity to regularly meet with a person with dementia and their carer. The students can get to know the person and the carer outside of a clinical setting. Regular meetings help trainee healthcare professionals understand what it’s really like to live with dementia.

Time for Dementia programme | Alzheimer’s Society (   (Ends 30/11/2024)

Learning Disabilities


This is a national study that aims to develop and test a PErsonalised Treatment package for Adults with Learning disability who display aggressive challenging behaviour (PETAL). Aggression in adults with learning disability is common and persistent over time. Moderate to severe aggression is considered a public health problem. It is a major reason for emergency care and admission to psychiatric hospitals and can significantly reduce the mental, physical wellbeing and overall quality of life of the individual and their family/paid carers. The PETAL therapy aims to develop a personalised multicomponent approach to explore the response of adults with learning disability who display aggression to the PETAL therapy alongside usual care compared to usual care alone in the NHS.

The PETAL Programme | Psychiatry – UCL – University College London   (Ends Sept 2025)

Tissue Viability


The VenUS-6 trial will compare evidence based compression (choice of four-layer bandage or two-layer compression hosiery), two-layer bandage or adjustable hook-and-loop fastened compression systems (“compression wraps”), to see if these make any difference to how quickly venous leg ulcers heal. To run this study we have set up our first research clinic space to see suitable patients from our tissue viability service.

VENUS-6 – Health Sciences, University of York   (Ends 30/04/2024)

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