Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Welcome Prof Daniel Smith

April 2021: Professor Daniel Smith has joined us as Chair of Psychiatry and Head of the Division of Psychiatry.

Prof Daniel Smith

We are delighted to welcome Prof Daniel Smith to the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences and Edinburgh Neuroscience.

Daniel's research investigates the genetic epidemiology of mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and seeks to establish relationships between psychiatric disorders and different forms of cardiovascular disease. More recently, he has been developing a programme of research on circadian science and mental health, and longer term, he hopes to develop circadian neuroscience as a research theme.

He has moved to the University of Edinburgh from the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing, where he was Professor of Psychiatry and won a Lister Prize Fellowship in 2016. Daniel is also an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist within NHS Lothian.

Daniel is taking over the reins as Head of Division of Psychiatry from Prof Andrew McIntosh. Daniel and the rest of the team would like to thank Andrew for all that he has done steering the Division over the last couple of years, including the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.


It’s a real honour to have been appointed to this role. After graduating from Edinburgh Medical School in 1996, I’m delighted to return. Mental health is a research priority for all the major funders at the moment, and I'm keen to build collaborations across the Edinburgh Neuroscience community to identify new opprtunities for interdisciplinary work.

Prof Daniel SmithChair of Psychiatry and new Head of Division of Psychiatry

I’m thrilled that Danny will be leading our team of researchers, teachers and clinical academics here in Edinburgh. He is a leading researcher in bipolar disorder, circadian science and population mental health research. His appointment as Head of Division signals our intention to expand and thrive.

Prof Andrew McIntoshChair of Biological Psychiatry and outgoing Head of Division

Related links

Prof Daniel Smith's profile

Psychiatric disorders research at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences