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Inaugural lectures

Inaugural lectures

Inaugural lectures are given by newly arrived or promoted professors, who use the opportunity to introduce themselves, to present an overview of their own research and to highlight the latest developments in their field.

Open to the general public, each event will conclude with a drinks reception.

Inaugural Lectures 2017

Howes(a)Professor Oliver Howes

23 February 2017

'Kanye West and the cause of psychosis'

Chair: Prof Sir Robin Murray

Vote of Thanks: Prof Philip McGuire

The first Inaugural Lecture of 2017 will be delivered by Professor Oliver Howes, Professor of Molecular Psychiatry at the IoPPN

Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre - IoPPN Main Building

Time: 17.30 - 18.30




AnnMcNeilProfessor Ann McNeill

15 June 2017 (TBC)

Chair: Prof Anthony David

Vote of Thanks: TBC

The second Inaugural Lecture of 2017 will be delivered by Professor Ann McNeill, Professor of Tobacco Addiction at the IoPPN.

Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre - IoPPN Main Building

Time: 17.00 - 18.00





Nicola Fear(a)

Professor Nicola Fear

27 July 2017

'The Fear Factor - Life as a Military Epidemiologist'

Chair: Prof Anthony David

Vote of Thanks: Prof Sir Simon Wessely

The third Inaugural Lecture of 2017 will be delivered by Professor Nicola Fear, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, Department of Military Mental Health, Psychological Medicine.

King's Centre for Military Health Research

Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre - IoPPN Main Building

Time: 17.30 - 18.30





Previous lectures

Professor Thalia Eley │October 2014

Something old, something new: disentangling genetic and environmental influences on anxiety and depression

The third and final inaugural lecture of 2014 was given by Professor Thalia Eley,  Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics .

Anxiety and depression are common and debilitating conditions that often begin in childhood, and when they do, show especially poor prognosis. As with all aspects of psychological development there are both genetic and environmental influences on anxiety and depression, but what is far more interesting is to explore the interplay between them. I will focus on two particular processes. First, genes and the environment are often correlated, such that those at high genetic risk of emotional difficulties are often also faced with environments that heighten this risk. I will describe work we have done using not only child twin data, but also data from children of adult twin pairs, to tease apart these factors. Second, genetic factors can also alter the extent to which individuals are responsive to the environment. In addition to exploring genetic factors that lead individuals to be at risk of poor outcome following stress, we have been examining genetic factors as predictors to psychological treatment, a new research area we have named therapygenetics.

Introduced by Professor Til Wykes

Vote of thanks by Professor Robert Plomin

The lecture took place in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Main Building on 8 October 2014.



Professor Khalida Ismail │June 2014

The mind in diabetes: the final frontier

The second inaugural lecture of 2014 was given by Professor Khalida Ismail, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine.

Despite major advances in understanding the biological mechanisms underlying type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and the development of effective intensive medical interventions, around half of patients do not achieve optimal glycaemic control. This suggests that how people think and feel about their diabetes affects their diabetes self-management and that psychological interventions may be effective in improving glycaemic control. I will summarise my research programme in diabetes and mental health, showing how our key studies have been translated into improved patient outcomes and award-winning service innovations. Our research is also leading to new insights into the shared biology of depression and type 2 diabetes.

Introduced by Professor Shitij Kapur

Vote of thanks by Professor Sir Simon Wessely

The lecture took place in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre at the Institute of Psychiatry Main Building on 30 June 2014.
Professor Peter Goadsby | May 2014

Bedside to bench and back: improving care for headache disorders

The first inaugural lecture of 2014 was given by Professor Peter Goadsby, Director of the NIHR / Wellcome Trust, King's Clinical Research Facility.

Primary headache disorders are the most common cause of neurological disability in the world, yet they are under-resourced from both a clinical and research perspective. Here I will cover examples of work done in the laboratory that has directly contributed to the understanding and treatment of the most common and disabling primary headaches, migraine and cluster headache.

  • Introduction and vote of thanks: Professor Mark Richardson

The lecture took place in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre at the Institute of Psychiatry Main Building on the 9th of May 2013.



Read more on Professor Goadsby's research 

Professor Carmine M. Pariante | December 2013

Professor Carmine ParianteDepression and the Immune System: from Madonna to Lady Gaga

Professor Carmine M. Pariante is Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.  

The hypothesis of a link between depression and the immune system was first proposed in the '80s, but the conceptual framework underpinning this hypothesis has shifted dramatically over the years, in the same way that musical taste and pop icons have changed.  Nevertheless, today, as in the '80s, this remains an engaging and though-provoking area of research, which strikes at the core of the relationship between the mind and the body, and is relevant to the whole life-span, from pregnancy to old age: a subject that will continue to excite both scientists and the public.

  • Introduction: Prof. Shitij Kapur
  • Vote of thanks: Dr. Susan Pawlby

The lecture took place in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre at the Institute of Psychiatry Main Building on the 12th of December 2013.



Read more on Professor Pariantes research

Professor Rona Moss-Morris | May 2013

Professor Rona Moss-MorrisTrials and tribulations: A journey towards integrated care for long term conditions

Professor Rona Moss-Morris joined the Department of Psychology as Head of Health Psychology in October 2011.  


Rona Moss-Morris grew up in South Africa. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, she immigrated to New Zealand where she continued her studies and took up her first academic appointment at the University of Auckland. 

Her primary interests are psychological factors that affect symptom experience and coping with chronic conditions. This basic research informs the development and trials of cognitive behavioural interventions for a range of patient groups. 

Professor Moss-Morris’ work has been published in leading medical and psychology journals and texts. She was Editor-in-Chief of Psychology and Health, the principal European health psychology journal from 2006-2010 and is currently National Advisor to the Department of Health for IAPT for people with long-term and medically unexplained conditions.




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