2018 Murray Barr Lecture


Friday, October 5th, 2018
9:30 a.m., Auditorium A, 3rd Floor LHSC, University Campus

It is with great pleasure that we announce this year’s Murray Barr lecturer:

Professor Sir Robin Murray
Professor of Psychiatric Research
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
King’s College (UK)

Lecture Title: “Cannabis-associated psychosis; clinical significance and biological mechanisms”

Robin Murray is Professor of Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College, and indeed has spent most of his working life there apart from one year at NIMH in the USA. His particular interest is in psychosis. He was one of the first to suggest that schizophrenia was in part a neurodevelopmental disorder, and he and his colleagues have contributed to the understanding that environmental factors such as obstetric events, drug abuse and social adversity dysregulate striatal dopamine and thus increase the risk of psychosis; he is currently most interested in gene-environmental interactions. He is also involved in testing new treatments for psychotic illnesses, and cares for people with psychosis at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He has written over 800 articles, not all of them boring! He is the most frequently cited psychosis researcher outside the USA, has supervised 72 PhDs and 12 MD Theses, and 40 of his students have become full professors. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010 and received a knighthood in 2011.

Our Anatomy and Cell Biology Research Day will take place immediately following the Murray Barr Lecture, at St. James Auditorium at Brescia University College.