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Professor Wood’s research aims to understand the health paradox of adolescence - the years between 12 and 25 are a time of great physical fitness, yet this is the period during which 75% of all mental disorders have their onset. Why should this be the case? Clearly changes in the brain are likely culprits, but how they interact with genetic and environmental factors to produce illness is unclear. Professor Wood has focused on the investigation of schizophrenia, largely through the study of young people at very high risk of developing the disorder. He is now interested in understanding what predicts their functional outcome, and how abnormalities of specific brain networks can be corrected through psychological and pharmaceutical interventions. Most of Professor Wood's work involves the interface between neuroimaging, cognitive science and psychiatry.