Richard Dobson

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I am Professor of Medical Informatics and head of Bioinformatics at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). I co-lead the recently launched Centre for Translational Informatics

My PhD is in bioinformatics, and I was previously based at the Genome Centre, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Prior to this I held positions at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK, and Microscience Ltd (Emergent Biosolutions), Reading, UK.


2016 Professor of Medical Informatics, King's College London, UK
2009 Non Clinical Senior Lecturer, Head of Bioinformatics, NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust & Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, UK
2004 Head of Bioinformatics unit, Genome Centre, Barts and the London, School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK
2001 Senior Bioinformatician (Part time), BRIGHT Study, Barts and the London, School of Medicine and Dentistry, London2009 PhD in Bioinformatics, Barts and the London, School of Medicine and Dentistry, UK
1998 Bioinformatician, Emergent Biosolutions (previously Microscience Ltd), Wokingham, Berkshire, UK
1995 Bioinformatician, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK

BSc Environmental Science, Sheffield University, UK

My research is motivated towards enabling a “panoromic” view of patients through the integration of genomics data with data derived from patient records, environmental and social exposure, remote monitoring and imaging, to develop strategies for 'P4 medicine' - medicine that is precise, predictive, preventative and participatory. The research has required the extensive use of computational approaches including machine learning, and the creation of software tools, as well as the construction and administration of high performance computing infrastructure which has been uniquely developed within the NHS.
This work has led to a portfolio of academic collaborations, including TwinsUK, HipSci, the Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery initiative, GENAROAD, the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium and The Center for Behavioural Intervention Technologies, Northwestern, Chicago.


Bioinformatics & statistics

Our bioinformatics and statistics research integrates complex rich clinical data from patient records with large datasets from other areas including genomics & brain imaging to better understand psychiatric disorders.

Our dementia research

Find out more about the Dementia Biomedical Research Unit, which is accelerating the time it takes to get better diagnostic tools, treatments and care from the laboratory into the NHS.
News and Events

Monday, March 27, 2017

Department of Health Chief Scientific Adviser Chris Whitty visits Maudsley BRC.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Research blog: Rina Dutta on using social media to recognise mental health conditions.