RADAR-CNS annual meeting showcases latest project developments

The RADAR-CNS consortium held its first annual meeting in Barcelona, Spain, on 28 and 29 June 2017.  The meeting was attended by over 100 members of the RADAR-CNS project team, as well as members of the project’s Patient and Carer Advisory Board, and Scientific Advisory Board.

The meeting provided an opportunity for project partners to discuss the progress that has been made in the last 12 months, and to understand future challenges which will arise.

One of the highlights of the meeting was a presentation from members of the project’s Patient and Carer Advisory Board, who provide guidance and advice to the project, ensuring that it remains focused on the needs and priorities of people with depression, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis and their carers.

Members of the patient and carer advisory board also tested and reviewed wearable devices which are being assessed for use in RADAR-CNS, in an insightful small group feedback session.  Results of patient and carer focus groups in different disorder areas and locations were also presented and discussed in detail.

The latest developments in the RADAR-CNS platform were discussed, with the latest version of the smartphone app which provides the platform interface available to meeting attendees to preview and comment on.

The meeting offered an opportunity for detailed discussion of the project’s clinical protocols, device selection, and clinical harmonization.  While project meetings are held throughout the year in different locations, the annual meeting offers an opportunity to bring together partners from across the project, and to gain advice and guidance from the project’s scientific and patient advisory boards. 

In addition to constructive discussions about the project, the meeting also enjoyed two plenary lectures on related areas of study.  On the first day of the meeting, project co-lead Dr Vaibhav Narayan from Janssen Pharmacetutica, US, presented details of the ORBIT initiative.  On the second day, Professor Inez Myin-Germeys from Katholieke Universiteit (KU) Leuven, Belgium, concluded the meeting by delivering a fascinating lecture on Experience Sampling Research in mental health and beyond.

According to RADAR-CNS co-lead Professor Matthew Hotopf from King’s College London, UK, “The first annual meeting of the RADAR-CNS consortium was a great success, and it’s gratifying to come together to discuss the successes of the last 12 months and understand the challenges to come.”

Dr Vaibhav Narayan, who co-leads the project with Professor Hotopf, added, “Partnership is critical to the success of the RADAR-CNS project, and our annual meeting offers a great opportunity to collaborate and discuss in person our ongoing work.  We’ve made great progress in the last 12 months, and look forward to the project entering its next phase of development.”