New Psychiatry Professor to focus on mood disorders


Professor Guy Goodwin, an expert in brain imaging and currently Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, has been appointed to the W. A. Handley Professorship of Psychiatry from 1 October. He will be a Fellow of Merton College, and succeeds Professor Michael Gelder, who retires in September.

Professor Goodwin was an undergraduate at Exeter College (1965–8), where he gained a first-class BA in Animal Physiology, proceeding to complete a D.Phil. in Neurophysiology at Wolfson College (1968–71).

After two years as a research associate at the University of Washington (1972–4), he returned to Oxford to gain a BM, B.Ch. in 1978 and complete his clinical training.

From 1983–5, he was a MRC Clinical Training Fellow and Honorary Senior Registrar, MRC Clinical Pharmacology Unit at the Radcliffe Infirmary, before becoming a Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Senior Registrar at the University's Department of Psychiatry (1985–6).

He moved to the University of Edinburgh in 1986 to take up the post of MRC Clinical Scientist, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, before being appointed to his current post in 1995.

His main research interests have been in brain imaging and its contribution to neuroscience in psychiatry. He is also examining the emerging implications from molecular advances for our understanding of the biology and treatment of mood disorder.

He has written widely for academic journals and is editor of the journal, Human Psychopharmacology.


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