Professor of Psychiatric Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College LondonBiography
Robin Murray is Professor of Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, and indeed has spent most of his working life there apart from one year in the USA: fortunately the latter did not do him too much harm. His particular interest is in understanding the causes of psychosis, and he and his colleagues have contributed to the understanding that environmental factors such as obstetric events, heavy cannabis use and migration increase the risk of developing schizophrenia-like psychoses. He is also sees people with psychosis at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust who are been referred from across the UK because they have not responded to treatment locally. He has written numerous articles, not all of the boring, and is the second most frequently cited psychiatrist outside the USA; he has supervised 52 PhDs and 35 of his students have become professors. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010 and received a knighthood in 2011.