NCMH academic wins psychiatry research prize

Professor Ian Jones of the National Centre for Mental Health at Cardiff University has won a major prize at the fifth annual Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards

Professor Jones, who is Deputy Director of the research centre and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, was awarded the Psychiatric Academic/Researcher of the Year prize at a ceremony held at The Royal Society of Medicine in London on 14th November.

The awards mark the highest level of achievement within psychiatry, and are designed to recognise and reward excellent practice in the field of mental health.

The judges said: “Ian Jones is a model clinical academic psychiatrist. He combines international excellence in his research, teaching and clinical work, with a strong commitment to public education and the development of the profession of psychiatry.”

Professor Jones has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers (including over 40 in the last three years), contributed to the development of UK national clinical guidelines, and in 2010 was awarded the prestigious International Marcé Medal in recognition of his research on postpartum psychosis.

“It’s a real honour just to have made the shortlist for these awards, so I’m absolutely thrilled to have won” said Professor Jones. “It’s wonderfully encouraging to have our work at the NCMH acknowledged in this way, particularly given the exceptional standard of the other researchers who were nominated.”

Professor Nick Craddock, director of the NCMH said:

“The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the UK’s leading psychiatry body and one of the world’s most distinguished academic bodies for psychiatry. It’s a great honour to have your work recognised by such a respected organisation, and one that Professor Jones wholeheartedly deserves for the outstanding quality of his research.”

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