Prestigious new appointment for Professor Patrick McGorry

March 14 / 131

Leading researcher in schizophrenia and psychosis, Professor Patrick McGorry, has been voted President-Elect of the Schizophrenia International Research Society.

The organisation is the international body which brings together researchers in schizophrenia and related disorders to share knowledge, reduce stigma and promote understanding of the personal, familial and societal impact of schizophrenia. 

Professor McGorry will assume the presidency in 2016. He has served on the organisation’s Board of Directors since 2012 and said he was honoured to be voted President-Elect by his fellow research colleagues. 

“It is a great opportunity and challenge, and also a wonderful endorsement of the crucial research in psychosis that my Australian colleagues have conducted over the previous 25 years,” he said.

“It is also noteworthy that another Australian-based research leader, Cyndi Shannon-Weickert, has been voted Secretary-Elect of the organisation. 

“This demonstrates that Australian mental health research punches well above its weight despite remaining the poor cousin within the Australian medical research funding environment.”

Professor McGorry began his research in schizophrenia 30 years ago in Melbourne at Royal Park Hospital with a focus on first episode psychosis. 

His research in early psychosis plays an integral role in the development of safe, effective treatments for young people with emerging mental disorders.

Professor McGorry said he hoped to use the office to continue to build global collaborative effort in schizophrenia research and to ensure that progress is translated into every community.”

The organisation is hosting its fourth biennial conference this year in Florence, Italy on 5-9 April, 2014.

http://www.schizophreniaresearchsociety.org/2014_Biennial.aspx

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