Rudolf Cardinal

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), Core Activity Lead

Rudolf Cardinal is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and an honorary consultant liaison psychiatrist in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH). His background is in behavioural/cognitive neuroscience, general medicine, and general adult psychiatry. His work spans liaison psychiatry, computational psychiatry, and clinical informatics.

Psychiatric disorders are common, debilitating, and sometimes associated with substantial loss of health and lifespan.

His research group applies computers to psychiatry in several ways, trying to improve our understanding and treatment of mental health problems. First, they use computer models to help understand how the mind works and how it sometimes goes wrong. Second, they help researchers and health services collect better data and use it for clinical care and for research. They create free secure software to measure mental state and brain function, for the NHS and for research, with the aim of improving care. They also create free software to de-identify clinical records for research, support recruitment to NHS research studies, and link data across organizations safely and securely. Third, they use NHS data to try to discover new things of clinical importance (

They study patients’ and the public’s preference for how their data should be used and shared, both for their own care and for research to benefit others.

Clinically, Rudolf is a liaison psychiatrist working with people aged 17–64 in Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge.

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