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Join us for this free evening event to hear this year’s Darwin lecture, given by Professor Sir Michael Owen, Director, Medical Research Council’s Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, and Head, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University.Lecture topicSchizophrenia is a severe and frequently disabling psychiatric condition that is highly heritable. Recent genomic studies have begun to reveal its complex genetic architecture and identify specific risk alleles across the frequency spectrum. In this lecture, Professor Michael Owen will review these findings and show how they are beginning to solve the evolutionary puzzle of how a heritable disorder that is associated with quite markedly reduced reproductive success is maintained in the population.He will also indicate how genomic findings challenge current diagnostic systems and taxonomy, reviewing how these recent findings are illuminating our understanding of potential disease biology and suggesting ways in which genomic discoveries may impact on the practice of psychiatry.