NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH
The focus of the programme of the National Institute of Mental Health (NUDZ) is research into neurobiological mechanisms that lead to the onset of the most serious mental disorders (schizophrenia, clinical depression, anxiety and stress reactions). Part of the research is also the developing and testing of new diagnostic and treatment methods. The solution approach to the issues is based on the interdependence of methodologies encompassing molecular biology, animal models and clinical research and testing. The National Institute of Mental Health was established by restructuring the Prague Psychiatric Centre on 1 Jan 2015 and its aim is to become the touchstone department in the field of mental health in the Czech Republic.
In one of the projects, NUDZ researchers are focusing on swift and targeted diagnostics of the early warning signs of certain psychoses by utilizing modern communication and information technologies. These allow patients to keep in touch with their doctor, regardless of the clinician’s current availability. Among the other projects are e.g. new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of psychoses using natural cannabinoids, namely for patients with clinical depression. NUDZ also hosts an internationally unparalleled project exploring the overlap of other diseases with neurological and mental illness. This phenomenon has thus far been insufficiently studied or understood, and adversely impacts the quality of life of patients and their loved ones.
FOR THE PUBLIC
- Open days
- Seminars, workshops, lectures
- Festival Na hlavu [‘On the head’]
- Laboratory of the mind – The series of popularizing lectures of Laboratory of the mind