WA Handley Professor of Psychiatry; Director, NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre
Bipolar Disorder, Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Neuroscience, Big Data, Phenotyping
John has led several trials and research syntheses which have had major influence on clinical practice internationally. He is an editor of the New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry (3rd Edition OUP).
John is a member of the Academia Europaea, an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and was awarded the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Neuropsychopharmacology Award in 2016 in recognition of his ground-breaking work on the psychopharmacology of bipolar disorder. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2018.
His current research focuses on the development and evaluation of treatments for people with bipolar and mood disorders. John has developed new approaches to self management and monitoring, and conducted key clinical trials as well as influential research syntheses. By involving patients in research, his team has been able to characterize the nature of mood disorder more accurately. His research aims to use this knowledge to identify new targets for better treatments.