Professor Allan Young

Professor Allan Young

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Professor Allan Young is the lead of our Novel Therapeutics cluster and our Translational Therapeutics theme.

I hold the Chair of Mood Disorders at King’s College London where I am also Director of the Centre for Affective Disorders within the Department of Psychological Medicine in the IoPPN. I have held academic appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Newcastle upon Tyne (latterly holding the Chair of General Psychiatry at Newcastle), UBC, Vancouver, Canada, where he held the Leading Edge Endowment Fund Endowed Chair in Research in the Department of Psychiatry and was also the Director of the Institute of Mental Health and Imperial College London where I held the Chair of Psychiatry and was Director of the Centre for Mental Health.

I am a member of a number of editorial boards and is a member of numerous professional and scientific societies. I am currently President of the International Society for Affective Disorders and Chair of the Psychopharmacology Special Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


2013 Chair of Mood Disorders and Director of the Centre for Affective Disorders, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Mental Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Cluster Lead and Theme lead in the Experimental Medicine and Clinical trials Cluster, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK
2010 Chair of Psychiatry and Director of the Centre for Mental Health, Division of Brain Sciences, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK
2006 Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada
2005 Member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
2005 Professor of Psychiatry, Leading Edge Endowment Fund Chair in Depression Research, and Director of the Institute of Mental Health, University of British Columbia, Canada
2004 Election to Fellowship of Royal College of Psychiatrists
1999 Professor, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
1994 Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
1992 Lecturer, University of Oxford, UK

PhD in Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, UK
MPhil Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, UK
MbChB in Medicine with Distinction in Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh Medical School, UK

My research interests focus on the cause and treatments for severe psychiatric illnesses, particularly mood disorders. I have received research grant funding from the UK Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Stanley Medical Research Institute, and the Canadian Institutes for Heath Research (CIHR), the National Institutes of Health (USA) and numerous other funding agencies.

I have published over 300 peer-reviewed publications and a number of books about psychopharmacology and affective disorders including ‘Bipolar disorders: basic mechanisms and therapeutic implications’ (2nd Ed.) with JC Soares, and ‘Practical management of bipolar disorder’ with IN Ferrier and E Michalak (Cambridge University Press, 2010).


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