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NCMH Professor begins NISCHR director role

NCMH Principal Investigator Professor Jon Bisson has taken up his new role as the Head of Welsh Government Research body NISCHR.

An Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Professor Bisson serves as NCMH’s Clinical and Research Specialist in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and is widely published in this field.

Professor Bisson has also served as Clinical Director of the NISCHR Academic Health Science Collaboration (NISCHR AHSC) in Wales, and Director of Research and Development for Cardiff University School of Medicine and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

As Head of NISCHR, Professor Bisson will work towards the organisation’s aims to stimulate and reward excellence and innovation, improve the research environment and invest strategically in the future.

On his appointment Professor Bisson said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to become the Head of the National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR), and to join a skilled team that has already developed a strong platform on which to build. High-quality, innovative research that is translated into health and social care is vital if we are to improve the health, wellbeing and wealth of the people of Wales.

By working collaboratively with the people of Wales, NHS Wales, Higher Education Institutions, Local Authorities, industry and other stakeholders, I am confident that we can meet our strategic goals of stimulating and rewarding excellence and innovation, improving the research environment and investing in the future. Wales already has many examples of high quality research that have led to major advances in care. During my tenure, I aim to facilitate further success and help Wales to be recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for social care and health research that is translated into improved care.”

NCMH Director Professor Nick Craddock said “Professor Bisson’s appointment with NISCHR is undoubtedly excellent news for social care and health research in Wales. I have no doubt that his high level of expertise and professionalism will prove invaluable in his new role, just as they have done in his work on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at the NCMH.”

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