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Prof Stephen Lawrie

Personal Chair of Psychiatry and Neuro-Imaging

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Phone: 0131-537-6671

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Area of Expertise

Research expertisePublic engagement

Current Research Interests

  • Neuroimaging studies of schizophrenia, especially to distinguish disorders
  • Early identification of people at high risk who will develop schizophrenia
  • Using neuroimaging as an outcome measure in clinical trials
  • Developing novel interventions for schizophrenia and those at high risk
  • Building integrated biopsychosocial models of psychiatric disorders
  • Developing N-of-1 neuroimaging and clinical trials
  • Dispelling myths and promoting truths about psychiatric disorders

My research in a nutshell

My overarching goal is to develop research tools to provide objective diagnoses and improve the management of major psychiatric disorder.

I am particularly interested in clinical applications of brain imaging in schizophrenia and other psychoses, and in the development of novel treatments that might enhance outcomes in established schizophrenia and possibly even prevent psychosis in high risk populations.

My own research has primarily involved using structural and functional brain imaging to distinguish patients with schizophrenia from their relatives, and from other patients with major psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder and autism.

Research activities & awards

  1. RS MacDonald Charitable Trust (External organisation)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of peer review panel or committee

  2. Discussion and debate about mental health issues affecting students

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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