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Dr Gerome D Breen  MSc PhD
Senior lecturer
Biomedical Research Centre Bioresource, Genomics & Biomarkers theme lead

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Institute of Psychiatry
Box  P081
De Crespigny Park
United Kingdom, SE5 8AF

location C222
MRC, SGDP Centre
departmentsNIHR BRC for Mental Health
Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (MRC)
alsoMolecular Genetic Studies
Neuropsychiatric Genetics


I am a Senior Lecturer in the MRC Centre for Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and theme lead (unit leader) at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) for Mental Health and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. I lead Bioresource (biobanking) activities at the BRC for Mental Health and a core for Genomics & Biomarkers in the NIHR BRC for Mental Health. Together with my research group, I manage a growing team of postdocs, RAs, lab technical staff and collection staff.

Externally, I chair the Network and Pathway Analysis Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) and am also an active member of the Major Depressive Disorder PGC group. For the UK NHS I sit on the National NIHR Bioresource Steering Group, Neuroscience Group and Genome Sequencing committees.

I believe that the most important goal of psychiatry genetic research is to help patient suffering from the common, severe mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. My team are currently working (with collaborators) on mood disorders in the form of GWAS, linkage and whole genome sequencing studies as well as methods for GWAS bioinformatics and pathway analyses of psychiatric disorders. My two main research focuses are on finding common and rare variants underlying risk for mood disorders via GWAS and family based genomic studies with an additional stream of related experimental medicine and biomarker projects within the framework of the Biomedical Research Centre at IOP.

An up-to-date paper list and citation metrics can be found on his ResearcherID page.

teaching activities

Neuroscience » Masters (MSc)
Psychiatric Research » Masters (MSc)


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last updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014