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“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought”
 Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

The WHO has reported mental disorders as ranking second only to infectious diseases in the global burden of disease (WHO, 2001). This is partly due to the young age of onset of several mental illnesses, which can often result in a long term burden for these disorders.There is an urgent need to undertake research in psychiatry due to this huge scale of mental health problems. Improved understanding of all aspects of mental illness and their treatment may lead to improved outcomes for individuals.

Psychiatrists benefit from training in an environment that fosters research ideas relevant to psychiatry. The Saint John of God Hospital/St. Vincent’s University Hospital/University College Dublin Basic Specialist Training scheme in psychiatry has created an environment where many opportunities exist for trainees to partake in the extensive research programmes operating in the various training centres throughout the scheme. This includes research on suicide and affective disorders, Ireland’s first early intervention in psychosis programme, and research in the areas of addictions, forensic psychiatry, learning disability and child and adolescent psychiatry (See individual centre links for more details). Clinical audit and health service evaluation are also considered a vital element of training on the scheme

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