Matthew Taylor
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Research interests

My research interests lie in the causes and treatment of bipolar disorder and psychosis particularly in their earliest stages. I work clinically within Early Intervention - people with bipolar disorder typically have the illness for ten years before receiving the correct diagnosis; reducing this diagnostic delay through early detection and early intervention has the potential to truly transform outcomes.

My clinical work informs my interests across a range of related areas:
- developing the best available evidence to inform treatment choices, particularly through advanced meta-analysis of clinical trial data
- improving evidence presentation to improve engagement and shared decision making
- using the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) System to better understand the realities of care for bipolar disorder
- understanding vulnerability and resilience mechanisms, and the possibility of diagnostic markers, through techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
- evaluating promising new interventions for improved wellbeing and long term outcomes
- understanding and capturing variation in risk of admission to hospital with psychosis

I am also collaborating with colleagues on several multi-centre studies including PPiP, SINAPPS2 and PSYSCAN.

Biographical details

I studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford before training in psychiatry in the Oxford region. My academic training was supported by a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship and a NIHR Clinical Lectureship.

I work as a consultant psychiatrist in Early Intervention for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, as a Psychosis representative on the Trust Drugs and Therapeutics Committee, as chair of the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group physical health committee, and as Associate Clinical Director for the Early Intervention pathway.

I have contributed to the organisation and delivery of the new KCL medical school Curriculum 2020, and also teach elsewhere including several MSc courses based at the IOPPN.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999


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