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Subject: Public Seminar, 9th May, Social Causes of Schizophrenia

International Institute for Society and Health

You are invited to attend
Tuesday 9th May 5.00 pm
Professor Julian Leff
Emeritus Professor, TAPS Team, Department of Mental Health Sciences, UCL

‘The Social Causes Of Schizophrenia’
Schizophrenia was originally considered to be an ‘endogenous’  
psychosis, stemming entirely from brain dysfunction: hence the first  
term for this condition was dementia praecox. Genetic and family  
studies have shown that there is a major inherited basis to the  
illness, but have left room for a substantial environmental  
component. Attempts to identify the pathogenic environmental factors  
have continued over the past seven decades with little success until  
recently. During the last decade, studies of large cohorts in  
Scandinavia have provided evidence of the noxious influence of being  
born and raised in cities, although the specific factors responsible  
have not been identified in this research. However a focus on ethnic  
minority groups, which have a remarkably high risk for schizophrenia,  
has pinpointed a number of candidate social factors. It now appears  
likely that the causes of schizophrenia are multifactorial, both  
genetically and socially.
Julian Leff is an Emeritus Professor with the TAPS team at the Royal  
Free. During his career, he conducted research in social psychiatry  
for many years at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He has a  
particular interest in the practice of psychiatry in different  
cultures, and the susceptibility to mental illness of ethnic minority  
groups. He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation,  
which has given him the opportunity to study traditional healers in  
other cultures.

He was awarded the Starkey Prize of the Royal Society of Health in  
1976, and the Burgholzli Award of the University of Zurich in 1999.  
He has published numerous papers and articles in scientific journals  
and has written several books.

The seminar series will be chaired by Professor Sir Michael Marmot

This seminar will be held at UCL RSVP seminar attendance by 08/05/06  
(indicating any special needs and for directions to the seminar room)  
Email: [log in to unmask]   Tel: 020 7679 8249. Drinks & snacks at 6pm  
after the seminar.