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North London team at UCL
Professor Michael King, Joint Lead
Michael completed his medical studies in New Zealand before coming to the United Kingdom to undertake a vocational training in general practice at the Hammersmith Hospital. He then moved to the Maudsley Hospital to train in psychiatry and later trained in psychiatric epidemiology at the General Practice Research Unit in the Institute of Psychiatry under the leadership of the late Professor Michael Shepherd. Thus, much of his research focuses on primary mental health care. Michael is interested in how GPs recognise and manage mental health problems and the epidemiology of such problems in primary care populations.  Michael has particular expertise in the methodology of randomised trials of complex interventions in primary and secondary care.  He also has research and clinical interests in cognitive behaviour therapy and in sexual medicine. 

He took up a senior lecturer post in the Department of Academic Psychiatry at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1989 and eventually became head of department.  He joined UCL when the Royal Free School of Medicine became a part of UCL in 1998.
Professor Irwin Nazareth, Joint Lead
Irwin started working at the UCL in 1990 as a Sir Jules Thorne Research Fellow and then as a MRC funded fellow.  He was appointed Senior Lecturer in 1995 and Professor in 2002 at UCL. He was seconded to be the Director of the MRC General Practice Research Framework from 2005 to 2012. He has a wide range of clinical research interests and has over the years obtained funding from the MRC, the Wellcome Trust, BUPA and the National Institute of Health Research for translational clinical research activities.

His international research interests extend to current research on depression in Europe funded by the European Commission V Framework, Quality of Life Programme and primary care research in deprived areas of the Eastern Cape of South Africa supported by the British Council and the Sir Halley Stewart Charitable Trust and collaboration with India on the evaluation of chronic diseases in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine and Public Health Foundation of India.

He is a part time general practitioner at a RCGP Investigator led research practice, the Keats Group Practice in Hampstead which has a focus on research.


Dr Nathan Davies, Qualitative Methods Advisor

Dr Katherine Hopkins, Research Advisor

Dr Laura Horsfall, Research Advisor

Rachael Hunter, Health Economics Advisor

Dr Greta Rait, Research Advisor

Dr Fiona Stevenson, Qualitative Methods Advisor

Jane Wilcock, Research Advisor


Siris Karadia, Administrator

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