We are delighted to report that Professor Michael Owen, one of the UK’s leading academics, has been honoured with a knighthood in the Birthday Honours Lists for his outstanding contribution to neuroscience and mental health. Commenting on receiving his KBE, he said the award was recognition of the work the university had done to “put psychiatry on the map”.
In a career spanning more than 20 years, Sir Michael has published over 500 scientific papers. His research into the genetic causes for conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s disease has received widespread praise.
He was one of two winners of the Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research in 2012 following his landmark research with Michael O’Donovan, which involved the application of molecular genetic technology to identify specific risk genes for schizophrenia and optimise treatment decisions for individual patients.
Alongside his research activities, Professor Owen continues to work as a consultant in General Adult Psychiatry. Always active in his field, he was previously the President of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics and a member of the council of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
A knighthood is the highest honour a person can hope to receive. It is reserved for only the most influential and distinguished individuals – those who have enhanced the reputation of this country. Given the magnitude of his research and the breadth of his influence, Sir Michael is a very worthy recipient of a knighthood. We can only hope that by highlighting his achievements in this way, others will follow in his footsteps and the impact of his work will be felt for many years to come.
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