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Professor Anne E Farmer  

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

location IOP
MRC, SGDP Centre
departmentsSocial, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (IRG)
Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre (MRC)


Anne Farmer graduated from Leeds Medical School in 1972 and did her residency training in psychiatry in Leeds and London UK. In 1980 she worked for 18 months Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, with Drs Lee Robins, John Helzer and Linda Cotler as a member of the Epidemiological Catchment Area (ECA) study research team. Her doctorate awarded in 1987, applied novel statistical procedures to the psychopathology of schizophrenia to refine the classification.

After 4 years as a Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, she was appointed first as Senior Lecturer, then Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff, Wales. She returned to the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital in London in 1998, where she was appointed as Professor of Psychiatric Nosology.

She has written over 100 peer reviewed papers, as well as numerous book chapters, review articles and editorials on wide ranging research interests including classification, the aetiology of schizophrenia and affective disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and ethical aspects of genetic research. Current research includes investigating genetic and environmental risk factors for unipolar and bipolar affective disorders, genetically determined response to antidepressants and cognitive changes in mania.

Clinically, she is the lead consultant for the national tertiary referral Affective Disorders Service of the South London and Maudsley National Health Service Trust, providing expert assessments for patients from all over the UK with chronic refractory affective disorders. In addition, she is the Trust’s Director of Medical Education, overseeing the education and training of 130 junior doctors (residents).

last updated: Monday, April 04, 2005