Ken Kendler, M.D., outside Oxford Martin Lecture Theatre
In its inaugural year, the Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme featured Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D., in a pair of presentations on Oct. 15 and 16 at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Rather than focusing on the biological, psychological or social as independent factors, the Oxford Loebel Lectures were established to encourage researchers to consider how those factors interact in their contribution to mental illness.
Kendler’s research is pertinent to that approach. Many of his more than 800 publications address the relationship between biological, psychological and social contributors to psychiatric and substance use disorders.
In a pair of well-attended lectures, Kendler first described how recent studies in the genetic epidemiology and molecular genetics illustrate the complex causal pathways to mental illness. In his second appearance at the Oxford Martin School Lecture Theatre, he proposed new goals for psychiatric research and a new framework for conceptualizing and classifying disorders.
Ken Kendler, M.D., presenting at the Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme
Kendler is the Rachel Brown Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and a professor of human genetics in the VCU School of Medicine. A member of the Institute of Medicine, he also is director of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics and editor of the journal Psychological Medicine. Involved in both DSM-III-R and DSM-IV, he chaired the Scientific Review Committee for DSM-5.
The Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme were established with the support of J. Pierre Loebel, a clinical professor emeritus at the University of Washington, and his wife Felice who was also on the faculty at the University of Washington, in the Department of English.
Videos of Kendler’s lectures are available online at the OLLRP website.