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UCL INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SOCIETY AND HEALTH 2006 SEMINAR SERIES You are invited to attend th Tuesday 9 May 5.00 pm Professor Julian Leff Emeritus Professor, TAPS Team, Department of Mental Health Sciences, UCL ‘The Social st January 5.00 pm sday 31 Causes Of Schizophrenia’ Schizophrenia was originally considered to be an ‘endogenous’ psychosis, stemming entirely from brain dysfunction: hence the first term for this condition was dementia praecox. Genetic and family studies have shown that there is a major inherited basis to the illness, but have left room for a substantial environmental component. Attempts to identify the pathogenic environmental factors have continued over the past seven decades with little success until recently. During the last decade, studies of large cohorts in Scandinavia have provided evidence of the noxious influence of being born and raised in cities, although the specific factors responsible have not been identified in this research. However a focus on ethnic minority groups, which have a remarkably high risk for schizophrenia, has pinpointed a number of candidate social factors. It now appears likely that the causes of schizophrenia are multifactorial, both genetically and socially. Julian Leff is an Emeritus Professor with the TAPS team at the Royal Free. During his career, he conducted research in social psychiatry for many years at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He has a particular interest in the practice of psychiatry in different cultures, and the susceptibility to mental illness of ethnic minority groups. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation, which has given him the opportunity to study traditional healers in other cultures. He was awarded the Starkey Prize of the Royal Society of Health in 1976, and the Burgholzli Award of the University of Zurich in 1999. He has published numerous papers and articles in scientific journals and has written several books. This seminar will be chaired by Professor Sir Michael Marmot This seminar will be held at UCL RSVP seminar attendance by 08/05/06 (indicating any special needs and for directions to the seminar room) Email: email@example.com Tel: 020 7679 8249 Drinks & snacks at 6pm after the seminar.
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