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Professor Sir Michael Owen BSc, MB ChB, PhD, FRCPsych, FMedSci, FLSW

Professor Sir Michael Owen

BSc, MB ChB, PhD, FRCPsych, FMedSci, FLSW

Professor, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences; Emeritus Director of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute

School of Medicine

Email
owenmj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0) 29 2068 8320
Campuses
Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
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Overview

I am Professor of Psychological Medicine (Psychiatry) in the School of Medicine and Emeritus Director of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute.

I have worked on the genetics of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders for over 25 years have extensive research expertise in the genetic aspects of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer's disease, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). For the past 10 years, I have also worked on psychiatric and cognitive outcomes in children at high genetic risk, particularly those carrying structural chromosomal abnormalities.

I have studied the impact of genetic risk factors across diagnostic boundaries and developed a theoretical framework to understand the relationship between different neurodevelopmental disorders. I have has also identified specific genes and sets of proteins involved in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease, which are potential therapeutic targets.

As well as continuing my work on psychiatric genetics, I am currently undertaking research aimed at translating recent genetic findings into a greater understanding of disease mechanisms and into the development of novel biomarkers to aid classification and diagnosis.

Biography

Honours and awards

I was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1997, Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1999 and Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales in 2012.

In 2011, I was awarded the Stromgren Medal for psychiatric research, in 2012 the Lieber Prize for schizophrenia research and in 2013 the William K Warren Distinguished Investigator Award for schizophrenia research, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics in 2015, and the British Neuroscience Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to Neuroscience in 2017. I was awarded MD (honoris causa) by the University of Birmingham in 2018.

In 2014 I was knighted for services to Neuroscience and Mental Health. In 2016, the MRC Centre fro Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

Professional memberships

  • Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Learned Society of Wales
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • British Neuroscience Association
  • International Society of Psychiatric Genetics

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