The Alliance is a collaborative of the largest and most innovative mental health research funders from around the world http://iamhrf.org/. The international funders (IAMHRF) held their 2016 Annual Meeting on October 24th and 25th at the National Institute of Health (ISS) in Rome, Italy. The event was hosted by Prof. Walter Ricciardi, President. Among the guest speakers were the editor-in-chief of Nature, Sir Philip Campbell, the Italian Minister of Health, Ms. Beatrice Lorenzin, and the former National Clinical Director for Mental Health at the NHS England, Dr. Geraldine Strathdee.
With the objective of increasing the effectiveness of mental health research funding, the group debated the key steps leading from research to patient-centred clinical practice. Dr. Jonathan Grant, Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College, for example, discussed the returns from research, particularly considering the time lag and slow adoption of proven interventions. Another point of view was added by Dr. Todd Sherer, CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, who illustrated how not-for-profit organizations can help to organize a specific research sector and promote collaboration and innovation.
The Alliance provides a strategic forum to its 22 members to shape the global mental health research funding agenda and strives to increase the societal impact from research investments. The Graham Boeckh Foundation provides leadership and administrative support to the group.