Professor Michael Owen
Director of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute
Professor Owen is the Director of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute. Professor Owen has worked on the genetics of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders for over 20 years and brings to the Research Institute extensive research expertise in the genetic aspects of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Dyslexia.
He has published over 500 scientific papers and working alongside colleagues in Cardiff has identified novel genetic risk factors for a number of disorders.
His most recent research activities have focused on the translation of genetic findings into benefit for patients though research on disease mechanisms, classification and diagnosis as well as in public engagement and communication.
He is the current Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine and Neurology in the School of Medicine and Deputy Head of the School of Medicine. As Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine and Neurology he oversaw the department becoming the UK's best in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. He is also the Director of the Medical Research Council’s Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics.
In addition to his research activities, Professor Owen continues to work as a consultant in General Adult Psychiatry. He has previously been President of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics and a member of the council of the Academy of Medical Sciences.