Yr Athro Michael O'Donovan
Deputy Director, Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences. Deputy Director, MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics & Genomics
Genetic variation makes important contributions to the aetiology of all major psychiatric disorders. Recent advances in molecular genetic technology offer unprecedented opportunities to identify specific risk genes for these disorders, and to use these findings as the basis for understanding the molecular basis of these hitherto enigmatic disorders. I am interested in identifying genes that contribute to susceptibility to a wide range of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s disease, and exploiting to findings to understanding the pathophysiological processes by which susceptibility is conferred.