Niels Bohr Professor John McGrath

Professor John McGrath is a psychiatrist interested in discovering the causes of serious mental disorders. He is the Director of the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and conjoint Professor at the Queensland Brain Institute. His research aims to generate and evaluate non-genetic risk factors for schizophrenia. He has forged productive cross-disciplinary collaborations linking risk factor epidemiology with developmental neurobiology. For example, John and his colleagues have made discoveries linking prenatal vitamin D and later risk of mental illness in the offspring. In addition, John McGrath has supervised major systematic reviews of the epidemiology of schizophrenia. He is one of Australia’s most highly cited mental health researchers and was awarded the John Cade Fellowship by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. In 2016 John McGrath was awarded a Niels Bohr Professorship by Danish National Research Foundation. Internationally he is known for his innovative research in mental health risk factor epidemiology, and his ability to leverage findings from epidemiology in order to drive discoveries in neuroscience.

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