Professor Stephen Lawrie

Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Division of Psychiatry, The University of Edinburgh

Professor Stephen LawrieBeltane Fellow: 1 Jan 2014-31 Dec 2014

Stephen is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He is also Director of the Scottish Mental Health Research Network  and Director of the Medical Research Foundation and Medical Research Council funded UK Clinical Research Training Fellowship programme for Mental Health (PsySTAR).

Stephen’s research primarily involves using brain imaging to distinguish patients with schizophrenia from their relatives, and from other patients with major psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder and autism. As a practising clinician, he is interested in potential clinical applications of brain imaging in psychosis and in the development of novel treatments that might enhance outcomes in patients with established psychoses and possibly even prevent the onset of psychosis in high risk populations.
During his Beltane Public Engagement Fellowship, Stephen aims to de-stigmatise mental health issues in the press and on-line. He also wants to raise awareness of the potential of brain imaging in the early diagnosis of mental health disorders and explore with patients and the public the benefits and drawbacks of this.

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