Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
WHO-Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Research and Training
Department of Psychiatry
Calle Arzobispo Morcillo, 4
Prof José Luis Ayuso Mateos
Professor and chairman
phone: (+34) 91 497 27 16
fax: (+34) 91 497 43 89
Ms Maria Miret
The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) is a public university offering graduate and postgraduate degrees at its 63 departments and 8 research institutes. It has a long tradition of cooperation with other universities in Spain and abroad, and is one of the Spanish universities with the highest rates of student mobility in international programs, including 170 universities outside Europe. Professor Ayuso-Mateos is Chairman and Director of the Department of Psychiatry, whose staff participates in mental health training, programs several developing countries. The Department has an international PhD Program at the University of Carabobo in Venezuela, and an established collaboration for postgraduate training in mental health with the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh, and for a children’s crisis support program in Battambang, Cambodia. Through the Banco Santander Endowed Chair, UAM collaborates with UNAM University in Mexico for research and training since 2008-2009, and alternates the training locations on an annual basis in both universities. Its aim is to promote enrichment, innovation and promotion of teaching and research activities in the area of mental health and to encourage academic exchange at the highest level, allowing Spanish and Mexican researchers to give lectures, seminars or conferences, and conduct joint investigations in both the UAM and UNAM, in order to establish a forum to foster university teaching and research in mental health.
The UAM team lead by Prof. Jose Luis Ayuso-Mateos has , the PI, who is also the director of one of Madrid’s local mental health areas, five postdoctoral researchers in the areas of affective disorders, public mental health epidemiology, disability, well-being, ageing, suicide, health statistics, etc.; and two pre-doctoral researchers working in mental health disorders at national and international research projects.
The UAM group has a permanent collaboration with the World Health Organization and has been recently designated as a WHO-Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Research and Training. . Some of its members are affiliated with the Hospital Universitario de la Princesa.
The group collaborates with Europe’s leading institutions in the area of mental health research through its membership in the consortiums carrying out the following EU research projects: Mental Health Training through Research Network in Europe (MARATONE), Emerging mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries (Emerald), Scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders within WHO mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), Psycho-social Aspects Relevant to Brain Disorders in Europe (PARADISE), Collaborative Research on AGEing in Europe (COURAGE in Europe) or A Roadmap for Mental Health Research in Europe (ROAMER). These include the following institutions: King’s College London, London School of Economics, Manchester University and Cambridge University (UK); Finnish National Institute of Health and Welfare (Finland); Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli and Besta Institute (Italy); Foundation Fundamental and Institute National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, INSERM (France); Maastricht University Medical Centre (The Netherlands); Technische Universitaet Dresden, Leipzig University, Central Institute of Mental Health and University of Munich (Germany); Semmelweis University (Hungary), the National Suicide Research Foundation (Ireland), the European Brain Council and the European Alliance Against Depression.
- MARATONE. Mental Health training through research network in Europe. (http://www.roamer-mh.org/)
- EMERALD. Emerging mental health systems in low and middle income countries.
- ROAMER. A Roadmap for Mental Health Research in Europe. (http://www.roamer-mh.org)
- mhGAP. Scaling up services for mental, neurological and substance use (MSN) disorders within WHO mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP). (http://www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap/euproject_mhgap/en/index.html)
- COURAGE. Collaborative Research on AGEing in Europe. (http://www.courageproject.eu/)
- PARADISE. Psycho-social Aspects Relevant to Brain Disorders in Europe. (http://paradiseproject.eu/)
- AGES-CM: Environment and Genes in Schizophrenia - Research Groups in the Comunity of Madrid (http://ages-cm.es/index.php?lang=en)