Cognitive pharmacology of depression
Professor Bill Deakin heads Neuroscience Research in the Division of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester. Bill graduated in Medicine at Leeds University in 1973 then took an extra year in training to obtain a First in Physiology; he specialised in Psychiatry and completed his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research. He was an MRC Training Fellow for 5 years and joined the University of Manchester as Senior Lecturer in the 1980s. His research looks at how neurotransmitters modify how the brain processes information and their effects in patients with anxiety, depression and antisocial behaviour. He is the experimental medicine lead of the UK Mental Health Research Network, a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has over 200 refereed publications and an H index of 60. Bill is currently investigating how the antibiotic minocycline appears to improve the outcome of treatment for schizophrenia.