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Centre for Interventional Paediatric Psychopharma-cology, University College London

Institute of Child Health
General and Adolescent Paediatrics Unit
30 Guilford Street
London  WC1N 1EH

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Dr Paramala J Santosh

Dr Paramala J Santosh

Phone: +44-20-7405-9200 ext 5726
Fax: +44-20-7813-8411
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Description of organisation

The University College of London (UCL) is a leading English institute for medical research. The Centre for Interventional Paediatric Psychopharmacology (CIPP), a part of the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London is specialized in clinical care and research in neuropsychiatric disorders such as ADHD, Autism, Tourette’s syndrome, Conduct Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia and Organic Brain Syndromes including Childhood Dementias and its psychopharmacological treatment. The CIPP was specifically set up to deal with clinical and research priorities, regarding the efficacy and safety of medication treatment for psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. This research will be co-ordinated by the CIPP and will also involve community clinics which deal with conduct disorders as well as psychosis. The clinical and research teams across sites include more than 20 child and adolescent psychiatrists, 10 senior psychologists, and 15 trainees.

Previous experience

CIPP, UCL (Paramala J Santosh) has been involved in many international collaborations, including multi-site medication trials [1, 2] and been involved in developing European Guidelines for ADHD [3]. Paramala Santosh has been a Principle Investigator of several research projects, such as a Psychopathology Screening Study for Mucopolysacharridosis and Gaucher Disease and has been directly involved in developing the HealthTrackerTM, a web-based health outcome monitoring tool, being used in the trial.

Profile of staff members

Paramala J Santosh (MD, MRCPsych) is child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Head of the Centre for Interventional Paediatric Psychopharmacology (CIPP), Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer of the Institute of Child Health and Institute of Psychiatry, London. He has been involved in medication trials in children and adolescents with ADHD, Conduct Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is further active in measurement and health outcome research, acquired brain injury and metabolic syndromes and has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers, for example[1, 2, 4, 5].

Ruksana Ahmed (DClinPsych) is a neuropsychologist and a highly specialist clinical psychologist. She is involved in cognitive profiling and response to medication.

The personnel from the community clinics involved in the project include

Rafik Refaat (MRCPsych) is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and specializes in Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatry and has special expertise in managing adolescent psychosis.

Ruma Bose (MRCPsych) is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and specializes in Outpatient Adolescent Psychiatry and has special expertise in managing adolescent psychosis.

Helen Bruce (MRCPsych) is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and specializes in outpatient child psychiatry and has special expertise in managing conduct disorder.

Graham Lamb (MRCPsych) is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in seeing children with ADHD and comorbid disorders.

Helen Venables is an IT programmer who works on HealthTracker TM and works freelance but will work via UCL for purpose of particular aspects of WP5.

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