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Prof David Osborn
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Charles Bell House
Riding House Street
London
W1W 7EJ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 9028
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 9426
Appointment
  • Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary

David trained in medicine and social/political sciences at Cambridge University and then UCL. He completed clinical psychiatry training in North London and was awarded an MRC fellowship in Health Services Research, including his PhD (UCL) and an MSc (dist) in epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).

His main interests are the interface between physical and mental health, psychiatric epidemiology and the provision of effective services for people with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. He has published related work over the last 15 years in journals such as The British Medical Journal, British Journal of Psychiatry and Archives of General Psychiatry/JAMA Psychiatry.

Much of his work involves large-scale epidemiological studies to examine the determinants of poor cardiovascular health, including heart attacks, in severe mental illness and depression using  primary care databases and other cohorts.


David currently leads a NIHR-funded programme of applied health research, the PRIMROSE programme, from 2011-2016. The £2 million funding involves a group of projects which explore the best ways to predict and manage cardiovascular risk in people with severe mental illnesses, in primary care settings. For latest news visit:  www.ucl.ac.uk\primrose
The programme  won a national MHRN award in 2013 for patient/public involvement.

David works closely with academics in Primary Care and Population Health and he collaborates with a range of researchers inside and outside UCL, including grants from the MRC, NIHR, HTA, SDO and Research for Patient Benefit Scheme. These projects have included work investigating morale among UK mental health staff, alternatives to traditional psychiatric inpatient care (such as crisis houses) and multicentre trials of both medications and art therapy for people with schizophrenia.


He is Post Graduate tutor for Psychiatry and currently supervises three MRC fellowships and 5 research degrees.

David works clinically in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

Teaching Summary

Divisional  Graduate Tutor in Psychiatry for research degrees.

He regularly teaches on undergraduate, MRCPsych and post-graduate taught courses (MScs, MRES etc).

Clinical teaching involves a specialist psychiatry attachment at the North Camden Acute day Unit and crisis/ home treatment team. These n services, which include a 6 bed short stay crisis house, provide care to adults experiencing acute mental health problems.

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Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychiatry University College London
2000 MSc Master of Science – Epidemiology London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1997 MA Master of Arts – Medical Science, Social and Political Science University of Cambridge
1997 MRCPsych Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists – Psychiatry Royal College of Psychiatrists
1993 BMBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery – Clinical Medicine University College London
1990 BA Bachelor of Arts – Medicine University of Cambridge
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