Prof. Dr. Andrea Danese

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. 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 has also been collaborating with the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, a life-course investigation of 1,000 individuals born in 1972-1973 in Dunedin, New Zealand. In Andrea’s clinical work, he is responsible to be called out for any child who attempts self-harm or suicide in a very large catchment area of south London, and he often is up all night and looks a bit sleepy at research meetings.