Professor David Porteous
University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Host: Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Date: 30 October 2008
David Porteous has had a long standing interest in the Genetics of Psychiatric Illness and also Cystic Fibrosis. His researchcovers genetics and genomics, cell and molecular genetics, biochemistry and laboratory mouse models. Molecular cytogenetics, family linkage, population association studies and and genetic analysis of brain imaging are conducted in collaboration with researchers world-wide.
David Porteous is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and a former Head of Section at the MRC Human Genetic Unit, Edinburgh. In 1999, he was appointed Professor of Human Molecular Genetics & Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and also Head of the Medical Genetics Section. He is the current Director of the Molecular Medicine Centre, University of Edinburgh and Director of the Genetics Core at the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility Western General Hospital Campus. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was scientific advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology that led to the establishment of the Human Genetics Commission, is a former member of the MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board, the Wellcome Trust Biomedical Resources Committee and a current member of the Wellcome Trust Expert Study Design Group.