Sir Michael Rutter is Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of London's Institute of Psychiatry, as well as an Honorary Director of the Medical Research Council Child Psychiatry Unit. In addition to his extensive experience in clinical practice, his research activities include protective factors in child development, developmental links between childhood and adult life, schools as social institutions, neuropsychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. His publications include some 30 books, 105 chapters and over 230 scientific papers. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987 and was knighted in 1992.