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Welcome to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Posted on 01/09/2014
Shitij Kapur

Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean and Head of the IoPPN

I’m delighted to announce that, as of today, we have become the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

The Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) has its roots nearly 100 years ago and since then we have become globally renowned for our research excellence and education in the field of mental health and brain sciences. 

Our new name reflects the breadth of our research and education expertise and the changing way we understand mental health disorders and brain disease. As a school of King’s, the IoPPN consolidates the College’s neurosciences, with the addition of the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases and the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, providing new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

As the IoPPN, we will substantially increase in size and scope of activity – a community of 300 academic staff, with an annual turnover of nearly a £100M and a research turnover of nearly £50M. It creates a bench-to-bedside-to-community research organisation which is unrivalled in Europe with a world-leading standing in psychiatry and clinical psychology as well as leading expertise in basic and clinical neuroscience.

In order to achieve our vision, we will benefit from a new structure comprising three major Academic Divisions. Each embraces research, education and clinical translation aiming to further understand and improve mental health and treat disorders of the brain, and train the next generation of researchers and practitioners: 

Division of Neuroscience, headed by Professor Mark Richardson, will bring together four departments: Neuroimaging, Basic & Clinical Neuroscience, and the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology and Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases (previously within the School of Biomedical Sciences). 

Division of Psychology and Systems Sciences, headed by Professor Til Wykes, will bring together four departments: Psychology, Health Service and Population Research, Biostatistics and the MRC Centre for Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry.

Division of Academic Psychiatry will bring together six departments: Addiction Sciences, Psychological Medicine, Psychosis Studies, Old Age Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry. 

All Divisions have extensive collaborative links with other centres nationally and internationally and their work is directly integrated with clinical services within the South London and Maudsley, King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trusts.  

The IoPPN offers a range of Diploma, MSc, MPhil, and PhD courses in psychiatry, psychology and related basic and clinical neurosciences and offers unparalleled post-graduate psychiatry training and undergraduate psychiatry training for King’s College London School of Medicine, one of the largest schools of medicine in the UK.  From September 2015 we will offer a newly created BSc Psychology programme.

Kind Regards,

Professor Shitij Kapur, MBBS, PhD, FMedSci

Dean and Head of School IoPPN, King's College London

For further information please contact: Louise Pratt, PR & Communications Manager, IoPPN - Tel: +44 20 7848 5378

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