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Professor Peter McGuffin  MB PhD FRCP FRCPsych FMedSci
MRC Centre Director
Professor of Psychiatric Genetics

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Institute of Psychiatry
Box  P080
De Crespigny Park
United Kingdom, SE5 8AF

location C1.38
MRC, SGDP Centre
departmentsSocial, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (IRG)
Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (MRC)


Peter McGuffin was born in Belfast and emigrated with his parents at aged 10 to the Isle of Wight. He first decided that he wanted to be a psychiatrist at the age of 16 after coming across (something he’d never heard of before) Freud’s ‘Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis’, in a local public library. He attended medical school at the University of Leeds, England where he graduated in 1972 and then received postgraduate training in internal medicine. It was at this stage that he became interested in genetics and had his first publications on immunogenetic aspects of coronary heart disease. He transferred this interest to psychiatric disorders and (with his wife Anne Farmer, also now a professor at the IoP) carried out one of the first genetic marker association studies on schizophrenia.He completed his training as a psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, London and was awarded a Medical Research Council Fellowship to study genetics at London University and at Washington University, St Louis Missouri.He subsequently became an MRC Senior Clinical Fellow at the Maudsley and the Institute of Psychiatry and then moved to Cardiff where he held the Chair of Psychological Medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine from Jan 1987 to September 1998. He returned to The Institute of Psychiatry as Director of the MRC SGDP Centre in October 1998 and held this post until December 2006 and then served a 3 year term as Dean and Head of School from January 2007 to December 2009. He is married with 3 grown up children and his interests outside of work include horse riding,driving his tractor, playing the classical guitar and running with his dogs.

last updated: Monday, March 19, 2012