Welsh Government

National Centre for Mental Health


Professor Ian Jones, Cardiff University
02920 688327


The Cardiff University led National Centre for Mental Health was established in 2011, forming the interface between the world-leading research of Cardiff University’s Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG) and the NHS in Wales. 

Mental illness and learning disability are major causes of suffering and contribute greatly to the social and economic burden of disease in Wales and beyond. At present there are significant inequalities between physical and mental health care.

The Centre focuses on mental illness, neurodevelopmental disorders and learning disability conditions at all stages and in all areas of life. 

The Centre will: 

  • advance mental health and learning disability research in Wales – to support areas of excellence and develop capacity in new areas of excellence;
  • engage with patients, their families, the wider public and third sector organisations in Wales to increase understanding of mental illness and learning disability and the need for research in these areas; and
  • change the research culture in health and social care services in Wales with the ultimate goal of all individuals accessing care having the opportunity to participate in research.



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