Short CV/Education and training


  • 1967
    MB ChB, Glasgow

  • 1970
    DPM, Scottish

  • 1971
    MRCP, UK

  • 1972

  • 1976
    MD, Glasgow

  • 1984

  • 1984
    FRCP, RCPS Glasgow

  • 1992
    FRCP, Edinburgh

  • 1998
    F.Med Sci, Founder Fellow

  • 2005

  • 2009
    Honorary Fellowship of Royal College of Psychiatrists

Previous posts:

  • 1967 – 1972
    Training posts in Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry in Glasgow

  • 1972 – 1974
    Lecturer in Psychological Medicine, University of Glasgow

  • 1974 – 1989
    Member of Scientific Staff, Medical Research Council, Division of Psychiatry, Clinical Research Centre and Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow

  • 1976 – 1989
    Honorary Consultant, Northwick Park Hospital

  • 1989 – 2010
    Professor of Psychiatry and Head of Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh

Present post:

    Honorary Assistant Principal of the University of Edinburgh with responsibility for Mental Health Research and Development, and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh

Selected publications

  • Johnstone EC, Crow TJ, Frith CD, Husband J, Kreel L. (1976). Cerebral ventricular size and cognitive impairment in chronic schizophrenia. Lancet ii, 924-926.

  • Johnstone EC, Crow TJ, Frith CD, Carney MWP, Price JS. (1978). Mechanism of the antipsychotic effect in the treatment of acute schizophrenia. Lancet i, 848-851.

  • Cunningham Owens DG, Johnstone EC. (1980). The disabilities of chronic schizophrenia – their nature and the factors contributing to their development. British Journal of Psychiatry 136, 384-395.

  • Johnstone EC, Crow TJ, Frith CD, Owens DGC. (1988). The Northwick Park "functional" psychosis study: diagnosis and treatment response. Lancet 2, 119-25.

  • Johnstone E.C, Frith CD, Crow TJ, Owens DG, Done DJ, Baldwin EJ, Charlette A. (1992). The Northwick Park 'Functional' Psychosis Study: diagnosis and outcome. Psychological Medicine 22, 331-46.

  • Johnstone EC, Ebmeier KP, Miller P, Owens DGC, Lawrie SM (2005) Predicting schizophrenia – findings from the Edinburgh High Risk Study. British Journal of Psychiatry 186, 18-25.

  • Job DE, Whalley HC, Johnstone EC, Lawrie SM. (2005). Grey matter changes over time in high risk subjects developing schizophrenia. NeuroImage 25, 1023-1030.

  • Hall J, Whalley HC, Job DE, Baig BJ, McIntosh AM, Evans KL, Thomson PA, Porteous DJ, Cunningham-Owens DG, Johnstone EC, Lawrie SM (2006). A Neuregulin 1 variant associated with abnormal cortical function and psychotic symptoms. Nature Neuroscience 9, 1477-1478

  • Johnstone EC, Owens DGC, Hoare P, Gaur S, Spencer MD, Harris J, Stanfield A, Moffat V, Brearley N, Miller P, Lawrie SM, Muir WJ (2007). Schizotypal cognitions as a predictor of psychopathology in adolescents with mild intellectual impairment. British Journal of Psychiatry 191:484-492.

  • Stanfield AC, Moorhead TWJ, Harris JM, Owens DG, Lawrie SM, Johnstone EC (2008). Increased right prefrontal folding in adolescents at risk of schizophrenia for Cognitive reasons. Biological Psychiatry 63(1): 80-5.

Selected projects

Research grants:

  • Until 1989 I was directly supported by the Medical Research Council and it was a condition of that employment that I did not apply for research grants. Since then however, I have acquired approximately £12 million in research funding principally from government and charitable sources. None of these included my own salary which was already covered. The funding included 4 MRC programme grants, 3 of them as Principal Investigator.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Work on committees:

  • Long involvement on numerous committees including at the University of Edinburgh, the Mental Health Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation, the Kings Fund, the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Health and the Scottish Office, the Academy of Medical Sciences but principally the Medical Research Council where I served on the Neurosciences Board from 1990 – 1995 and as a Member of the Council from 1996 – 2001.

  • Chairman of the Advisory Group on Ethical and Operational Guidelines for tissue collections, of the Advisory Group on foetal pain and of the Advisory Group on Autism (at the time of the MMR issues)

  • Trustee of the Medical Research Foundation, since 2005

  • Trustee of the Shirley Foundation, a charity for Autism

Additional responsibilities:

  • Throughout my career until my retirement in 2010 I was extensively involved in clinical work – in latter years sharing with one other academic consultant all in patient work for 20% of the City of Edinburgh.

  • I was extensively involved in lecturing to medical students and training young clinicians on an apprenticeship basis.

  • I continue to assess projects for suitability for funding for a number of bodies including the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council and currently the European Commission.

  • I have acted as an external examiner on numerous universities in the United Kingdom and overseas.

  • I assess papers for suitability for publication in numerous journals.


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