Professor Michael King, Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry
Michael King 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. He is interested in how GPs recognise and manage mental health problems and the epidemiology of such problems in primary care populations. He 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.
Professor Irwin Nazareth, Head of Dept of Primary Care & Population Health & Director MRC GPRF
Irwin started working at the UCL in 1990 as a Sir Jules Thorne Research Fellow and then as a MRC funded fellow. 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.
Irwin is also Scientific Director of the MRC General Practice Research Framework, the largest national general practice resource of research practices in the UK and is the Director of PRIMENT one of the 17 fully registered UK Clinical Research Collaboration Clinical Trials Unit which focuses on the design, conduct and analyses of randomised trials on primary care and mental health. 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.