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Dr Andrea Danese

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Dr Andrea Danese is a clinical scientist interested in developmental psychobiology and psychiatry. After training at the Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr Danese joined the Faculty of the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and MRC Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

His research focuses on the biological mechanisms through which early experiences influence child development and thus exert enduring effects on adult health. Dr. Danese is a co-investigator on the Environmental-Risk (E-Risk) Longitudinal Twin Study which follows 2,232 British twins born in 1994-1995. He is also a consultant on the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, a life-course investigation of 1,000 individuals born in 1972-1973 in Dunedin, New Zealand. For his research, Dr. Danese was awarded the 2007 Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship in Clinical Sciences, the 2008 Scholar Award from the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society (PNIRS), the 2009 NARSAD Young Investigator Award, the 2009 Young Investigator Award from the Society for Developmental Origins of Adult Health (DOHaD), the 2010 Denis Hill Prize for Junior Medical Faculty at the Institute of Psychiatry, the 2010 Royal Society of Medicine Mental Health Foundation Research Prize, the 2013 Brain Behavior Research Foundation/NARSAD Klerman Prize Honorable Mention for clinical research in psychiatry, and the 2015 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Early Career Research Contribution Award. Dr Danese’s research has informed thinking of national and international organisations on social care and public health policies to tackle child maltreatment.

Dr Danese collaborates with the UK Science Media Centre for expert commentaries on research news about stress and stress-related psychopathology in young people. He is also actively engaged in communicating findings from his research through the media, including BBC, The Independent, The Guardian, The Times, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Financial Times, Channel 4, The New Yorker, US News 2009, US News 2011, CBS News, Fox News, CTV, The New Zealand Herald, Times of India, Il Corriere della Sera, BMJ News, The Neuroscientist, New Scientist, Scientific American Mind, Science News and Science. His research has contributed to discussions about social and public health policies at the UK House of Commons, the Scottish Government, the London School of Economics, the US National Institute of Health, the US Institute of Medicine, the US National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, the US National Poverty Center, and the Canadian Alberta Family Wellness Initiative.

Dr. Danese is the academic representative for the London & South-East branch of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH).

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Media article or participation

Bullied children more likely to suffer from adult obesity and heart attacks

Andrea Danese (Interviewee), 20 May 2015

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