NeuroGenE is the Global Initiative in Neuropsychiatric Ethics based at the University of Oxford. We conduct global multidisciplinary research and capacity-building on the ethics of diagnosis, prevention, and interventions relating to psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. We have partnerships with bioethicists, social scientists, and scientists around the world, with a focus on Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

NeuroGenE puts young people at the heart of research on neurodevelopmental disorders. We work continuously with the Global Young Leaders for Mental Health, a group we developed as part of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health. Our child and adolescent-focused research projects organise young people’s advisory groups (YPAGs) to work with us around the world, to enable responsible, relevant, and accessible mental health interventions. Our work supports the potential for global neuro-innovations to change the lives of people with psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions.

Global Outreach

NeuroGenE is based at the University of Oxford, UK, and has an increasing network of collaborators, advisors and partners across Africa, South Asia and South America. Direct collaborations include researchers in Ghana (Accra) and India (New Delhi). Through partnerships with the Stanley Global Collections Initiative and our African Ethics Working Group (AEWG), we work on neuropsychiatric disorders in the USA (Boston), Ethiopia (Addis Ababa), Kenya (Eldoret & Kilifi), Uganda (Kampala), and South Africa (Cape Town). We work on the ethics of involving people with intellectual disabilities in genetic research in Kenya.

Our projects with young people include Ethics for Mental Health Digital Innovation for Young People in Africa (EMDIYA) Network which spans Botswana (Gaborone), Kenya (Eldoret), Uganda (Kampala), UK (London), South Africa (Durban), and Zimbabwe (Harare). NeuroGenE also works with the Young Leaders group of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health across Barbados (Bridgetown), Burundi (Gitega), Kenya (Eldoret), Liberia (Monrovia), Nigeria (Abuja), Rwanda (Kigali), USA (New York), and South Africa (Durban). In Brazil (Brasilia), we are working on Amplifying the Voices of Young People for Sustainable Development in Mental Health.