Professor of Psychiatric Research and Consultant Psychiatrist
Area of expertise
Robin Murray is Professor of Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College, and indeed has spent most of his working life there apart from one year at NIMH in the USA.
He was one of the first to suggest that schizophrenia was in part a neurodevelopmental disorder, and he and his colleagues have contributed to the understanding that environmental factors such as obstetric events, drug abuse and social adversity dysregulate striatal dopamine and thus increase the risk of psychosis.
He also cares for people with psychosis at the Trust. He has written over 800 articles and is the most frequently cited psychosis researcher outside the USA. He has supervised 72 PhDs and 12 MD Theses, and 40 of his students have become full professors. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010 and received a knighthood in 2011.
Education and training
MBChB University of Glasgow 1968
MD Univ of Glasgow 1974
DSc 1988 London University
Dempster, E.L., Pidsley, R., Schalkwyk, L.C., …… Murray, R.M., Mill, J. Disease-associated epigenetic changes in monozygotic twins discordant for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Human Molecular Genetics. 2011, 20(24), 416, pp. 4786-4796
Demjaha, A., Murray RM McGuire, P.K., Kapur, S., Howes, O.D. Dopamine synthesis capacity in patients with treatment-resistant schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry 2012, 169(11), pp. 1203-1210
Englund A, Morrison PD, Nottage J, … Murray RM, Kapur S. Cannabidiol inhibits THC-elicited paranoid symptoms and hippocampal-dependent memory impairment. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2013, 27 (1), 19-27
Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (Ripke S, Neale BM, Corvin, A, … Murray RM, et al). Biological insights from 108 schizophrenia-associated genetic loci. Nature, 2014, 511 (7510), 421-427
Di Forti M, Marconi A, Carra E, … Murray R. Proportion of patients in south London with first-episode psychosis attributable to use of high potency cannabis: a case-control study. Lancet Psychiatry, 2015, 2 (3): 233-238
Howes, O.D., McCutcheon, R., Owen, M.J., Murray, R.M. The Role of Genes, Stress, and Dopamine in the Development of Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry 2016, 81(1), pp. 9-20
Lally J,Ajnakina O, Di Forti M……..Murray RM. Two distinct patterns of treatment resistance: clinical predictors of treatment resistance in first-episode schizophrenia spectrum psychoses. Psychological Medicine. 2016,46:3231-3240. Epub 2016 Sep 8.
Di Forti, M, Quattrone, D, …….Murray,RM. The contribution of cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder across Europe (EU-GEI): a multicentre case-control study Lancet Psychiatry 2019; 6: 427–36