The CIBERSAM is composed of 25 clinical and basic research groups belonging to 8 Autonomous Communities, which primarily research mental disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, as well as anxiety disorders, child and adolescent diseases, geriatric diseases and, in general, any neuroscientific aspect related to health and mental illness. The approach to studying these diseases has a clear translational component, seeking synergy among groups that perform their work in hospitals, research centres, and universities.
The Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental comprises a human team of about 300 persons, the rest being members of personnel groups attached and collaborators to the CIBERSAM.
The research projects that are conducted in it have a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional character, incorporating basic, clinical, and population research. It primary objective is to add value to the system through leading-edge research in the field of psychiatry and related neurosciences.
The final objective is to establish a research group centre open to the scientific, medical, political, and social community, a research leader in Spain and Europe that generates knowledge and provides added value.
The staff of the STOP project works at the Gregorio Marañón General Hospital of Madrid (HGUGM), the largest university hospital in Spain (www.hggm.es). The Department of Psychiatry and its Adolescent Unit, headed by Dr. Celso Arango, have extensive experience conducting both private and non-profit clinical trials in affective disorders, psychosis, and autism.
Researchers from Gregorio Marañón General Hospital have long been conducting research on psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Among others, they have been participating in several studies of children and adolescents with psychosis, autism spectrum disorder, and affective disorders. They have conducted research in areas including clinical, neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and genetic evaluations, with high research standards in all domains, corroborated by scientific publication of their findings in high impact journals.