Mike Owen Cardiff University, UK

Mike Owen is Director of the Medical Research Council’s Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, and Head of the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences in Cardiff University. He has researched the genetics and genomics of a variety of psychiatric disorders since 1987 and has made notable contributions to the study of schizophrenia and Alzheimer disease. He is interested in the impact of genetic findings on how psychiatric disorders are defined and the work of his group has identified functionally related sets of proteins that are involved in a range of neurodevelopmental disorders including schizophrenia. As well as continuing his work on psychiatric genetics, he is currently undertaking research aimed at translating recent genetic findings into a greater understanding of disease mechanisms using a variety of neuroscience and epidemiological approaches. He was knighted for services to psychiatry and neuroscience in 2014.