What is Cadence?Improving outcomes for people with early psychosis

Professor John McGrath was awarded a John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in 2013 (NHMRC grant APP1056929). This five year fellowship will support Professor McGrath’s existing research into modifiable risk factors for schizophrenia.

In particular, the Fellowship will enable Professor McGrath and his team to build a clinical trials platform in South-East Queensland. These trials, collectively known as Cadence, will be broadly related to improving clinical outcomes for people with psychosis, particularly early psychosis.

The first trial, Cadence BZ, will commence in 2015, with other trials to follow in the years ahead.

The Cadence team is also collaborating with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) to build capacity in the next generation of mental health researchers.

The Cadence project operates under the auspices of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (West Moreton Hospital and Health Service) and the Queensland Brain Institute (The University of Queensland).

Cadence working group: L to R (floor) Alex Ryan, Andrew Amos, Sue Patterson, Victoria Gore-James, Justin Chapman L to R (back row) Julanne Frater, Kara Forde, Melissa Connell, Ros Cole, Andrea Baker, John McGrath, Anne Gordon, Elinor HIggs, Michael Duhig, Phillip Williams, Saveenah Singh, Victoria Satchwell, Rachel Petro, Alison Bowers, Frances Dark, James Scott, Vinod Raveendran, Michael Berk, Olivia Dean

Further reading

To find out about other aspects of Professor McGrath’s John Cade Fellowship, for example his vitamin D research, read his article The John Cade Fellowship: Modifiable risk factors for serious mental illness published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry in 2014.