Knighthood for Cardiff genetics pioneer
26 November 2014
Professor Mike Owen today received his Knighthood for services to Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
The Duke of Cambridge conferred the honour at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Professor Owen is a leading expert in the genetics of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.
He has published over 500 scientific papers and identified novel genetic risk factors for a number of disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer's disease, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Dyslexia.
Professor Owen said: "This is a great honour and testament to years of fine work by many colleagues.
"I am grateful to them, the University and the Medical Research Council for support."
Professor Owen's recent research activities have focused on the translation of genetic findings into benefit for patients through research on disease mechanisms, classification and diagnosis as well as in public engagement and communication.
He is the current Director of the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences in the School of Medicine and Dean of Research in the School of Medicine. As Director of the Research Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences 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.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan said: "Professor Mike Owen is an outstanding researcher and a key member of the University community.
"He's led some of the most important discoveries in the genetics of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders during the last two decades. More widely, his work has helped raise the profile of mental illness.
"His efforts in securing and leading both the University's MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics & Genomics and Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute has put Cardiff University firmly on the map for our world-leading research in this field.
"It is inspiring to see members of the Cardiff University community being recognised in this way.
"I congratulate Professor Owen on this much deserved honour."