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Prof Douglas Blackwood
Douglas Blackwood is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatric Genetics at Edinburgh University. Before retiring, he combined ward and outpatient work in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, with research into the genetic risk factors contributing to common mental disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. A better understanding of the biology of these complex illnesses is a promising way forward to finding new treatments and novel preventative strategies.
He is an elder in Mayfield-Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh. As part of the “Scientists in Congregations” project, he has edited a booklet on faith and science, with contributions from several other members of the congregation with a background in science.
He is a trustee of the Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project, a group of psychiatrists who organise and deliver Mental Health teaching to under- and post-graduates in the College of Medicine in Blantyre, looking for ways to develop quality mental health care in a low-income country.