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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 Innovation Institute

School of Medicine

Email
OwenMJ@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 29206 87062
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.

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