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Professor Anita Thapar

Principal Investigator

Professor Anita Thapar leads the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry section at the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University and also directs the developmental disorders group within the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics.

Her research focuses on the origins, development and complications of depression and neurodevelopmental disorders.  She is especially interested in developmental phenotype manifestation and the contribution/interplay of early environmental exposures and genetic risks.

Honours and awards

  • Presidents Medal 2015, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK  for contribution to policy, public knowledge, education and meeting population and patient care needs
  • Ruane Prize 2015, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, USA for outstanding Child & Adolescent Psychiatric research
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) 2011, UK
  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales 2011, Wales
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1995, UK
  • Laughlin Prize 1989 Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK for  highest marks and best recommendation in MRCPsych examinations
  • Maldwyn Catell Memorial Prize (Welsh Medical Council) awarded 1985 (medical school), Welsh National School of Medicine
  • Geraint Walters Prize in Haematology awarded 1985 (medical school), Welsh National School of Medicine

A full overview of Professor Thapar’s research, including her publications, is available on her Cardiff University profile.

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