How can GPs help?

Become a Trinity College Research Partner 

In mental health, it’s not that we lack effective treatments, it’s that certain treatments will only work for certain people. Without tools that can tell us what treatment is right for what person, mental health practitioners are forced to prescribe a first-line treatment and adopt a wait-and-see approach. Patients who do not benefit after several weeks of treatment are moved to second-line treatment and clinicians must wait and see again. The associated individual and societal burden are enormous.

One of the issues we face is that mental health disorders arise from the interaction of many genetic and environmental factors, such as early adversity, stress, nutrition, social support and so on. This means that patients who present with near identical symptoms may not respond in the same way to every treatment. The Gillan Lab (with the support of MQ Mental Health) are striving to address this issue through a large-scale observational study and the application of predictive machine learning. We want to use this rich complexity to develop a tool that can tell doctors, in advance, who will respond best to each treatment.

To achieve this, we aim to follow thousands of patients who are just about to switch to a new antidepressant or start one for the first time. We have developed an innovative Internet-based methodology that allows people to complete participation from the comfort of their own homes, from any part of the world.



We are seeking GP research partners to help us recruit hundreds of participants from around Ireland. You will be asked to:

* Distribute leaflets to eligible patients
* Display advertising materials in your waiting room
* Provide monthly feedback to the research team
* Contribute to academic publications in top tier journals and be listed as a co-author





We know that as a GP, your time is already stretched. If you join us in our mission, our team will support you every step of the way. You will receive all study materials, will distribute these during regular clinic hours to suitable patients, and there are no associated administrative duties.

If you feel you would be able to assist with our research or would like to discuss the study further, please contact us.


I can help 

Thank you for your interest in our study. A member of the team will be in contact with you shortly