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Professor George Kirov

Professor George Kirov

Clinical Professor, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

School of Medicine

Email:
kirov@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 8465
Location:
2.47, Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ

Prof Kirov's research focuses on the role of copy number variations (CNVs) and high-throughput sequencing in neuropsychiatric disorders. In his clinical work he supervises the ECT delivery in Cardiff and provides second opinion for affective disorders.

Currently Prof Kirov focuses on analysing the CNVs in all 500,000 participants in the UK Biobank. After these are called, we will analyse their role in disease and phenotypic differences. Prof Kirov encourages applications for Fellowships for this research.

Born in Bulgaria

1980-1986: Medicine at the Medical Academy in Sofia

1989-1992: Training in Psychiatry in the UK, MRCPsych

1996-1999: Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship, Cardiff

1999-2001: Wellcome Advanced Fellowship, “Association studies in manic depressive illness using DNA pooling”.

Aug 2002: PhD, Cardiff University: “Association studies in manic depressive illness using DNA pooling.”

2001-2010: Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychological Medicine and Neurology, Cardiff University, Cardiff

2010-2014: Reader at the Department of Psychological Medicine and Neurology, Cardiff University

2014–current: Professor at the Department of Psychological Medicine and Neurology, Cardiff University

Professional memberships

MRCPsych, MAcadMed, WKL Society

Committees and reviewing

Module Leader: ME3085: "The Scientific Basis of Psychological Medicine" at the Psychology and Medicine Intercalated Degree in Cardiff University

Director of Clinical Training at the MRC Centre

University Ethics Committee member

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Recruitment: I took part in large collections of parent-offspring trios samples of families with manic depressive and schizophrenic probands. Currently these number about 1120 families. Work on copy number variation (CNVs) in these disorders. This is my main research interest. Several loci have received support from my work on CNVs and this effort is on-going with analysis of de novo occurring CNVs and, in the future, sequencing.

ECT research: This is my main clinical research. Future plans involve a trial comparing bilateral and unilateral ECT. Other interests include lithium therapy and its effect on the thyroid gland and the kidneys.