Professor John Geddes
WA Handley Professor of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
Director, NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre
John was appointed to the WA Handley Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford in November 2021 and is also the Director, NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre.
His research focuses on the development and evaluation of treatments for people with bipolar and other mental disorders.
Bipolar disorder is common and disabling but has been under-researched compared to other disorders. There is a real need for innovative approaches to helping people with bipolar disorder.
Through his research, he has established large cohorts of patients, developed new approaches to self-management and monitoring, and conducted clinical trials as well as influential research syntheses. By involving patients in research, it has been possible to characterize the nature of mood disorder more accurately, with this knowledge being increasingly used to investigate the basic neurobiology and genetic mechanisms of the disorder.
His research has generated high quality evidence to guide clinical practice and has been influential in international clinical practice guidelines.