Trading places: Understanding psychosis risk among migrants & their descendants

17 April 2018, 12.30 PM - 17 April 2018, 1.30 PM

Dr James Kirkbride

OS6(Seminar Room), Oakfield House, Oakfield Grove, Bristol, BS8 2BN

Dr James Kirkbride, University College London 

Trading places: Understanding psychosis risk among migrants & their descendants 


While migration offers new opportunities for both migrants and host populations alike, it also presents one of the largest public mental challenges faced in psychiatric epidemiology. Specifically, many migrants and their descendants face up to a fivefold increase in risk of being diagnosed with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Tragically, the determinants of this excess psychiatric morbidity remain unknown. In this talk I will review the evidence from the UK and beyond on who’s at risk, what might determine that risk, and how we can design studies to ensure that when migrants trade places, they can do so without facing this gross inequality 


I am a psychiatric epidemiologist with a background in social science, having completed my Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in 2007. I am currently a Sir Henry Dale Fellow (Wellcome Trust and Royal Society) and Reader in Epidemiology in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL (2014-18). Before moving to UCL I held a Sir Henry Wellcome Fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge (2009-13), where I established two major studies of first episode psychosis as well as the PsyMaptic population-based FEP prediction tool


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