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Perinatal psychiatry

20 December 2010

Presentation of the awardDr Jones with Professor Kathie Wisner, President of the Marce International Society

A University academic who has helped to advance knowledge of why new mothers may become mentally unwell has been recognised for his work.

Dr Ian Jones, a Reader in Perinatal Psychiatry at the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, based at the University’s School of Medicine was awarded the prestigious Marcé Society Medal at the Society’s International Scientific Meeting in Pittsburgh, USA.

Dr Jones’s groundbreaking work into bipolar disorder has focused on clinical and molecular genetic studies, and in collaboration with colleagues, he has identified that genetic factors may have an influence on a mother’s mental health following the birth of her baby.

The Marcé Society is an international organisation dedicated to supporting and sustaining research into the mental health of mothers, their infants and their families around the time of childbirth. Recipients of the award are recognised for international excellence in perinatal mental health research which contributes to the aims of the Society.

Speaking about the award, Dr Jones said: "I am delighted that the work of the mood disorders group on postpartum psychosis has been recognized with the award of the Marcé Medal. Postpartum psychoses are some of the most severe episodes seen in psychiatry. It is vitally important that we understand more about this condition, so we can develop better treatments and provide hope to women and their families."

The MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics brings together world leading researchers from within the School of Medicine and across the University to undertake discovery and translational research based on genetics and genomics to understand the major causes of mental illness.

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