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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 concludes with a drinks reception. 

Upcoming lectures

Deepak Srivastava as Professor of Molecular Neuroscience and Director of the Wohl Cellular Imaging Centre, King’s College London.  

Synapse Confidential – Understanding the Secrets of Neuronal Connections in Health and Mental Health

Tuesday 18 June 2024 | 17:30 - 18:30

New Hunt's House Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt's House, Newcomen Street, London SE1 1UL

Registration is essential via this Eventbrite link

Benedikt Berninger as Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London.  

The Art of Forging Neurons

Mon 15 July | 17:30 - 18:30

Greenwood Theatre, Guy’s Campus, 55 Weston Street, London SE1 3RA

Registration is essential via this Eventbrite link.

Previous Lectures 2024

Merging of education and research: A journey from the midbrain out Chair: Professor Matthew Hotopf, Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience Vote of Thanks: Professor Michael Aitken, Professor of Experimental Psychology, Deputy Head, Department of Psychology and Programme Director, Undergraduate Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. The sixth Inaugural Lecture of 2024 was delivered by Eleanor Dommett as Professor of Neuroscience.

Watch Professor Eleanor Dommett's lecture

New understanding and approaches to addressing intimate partner violence in the context of substance use Chair: Professor Matthew Hotopf, Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience Vote of Thanks: Professor Sir John Strang, Head of the Addictions Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience The fifth Inaugural Lecture of 2024 was delivered by Eleanor Dommett as Professor of Neuroscience.

Watch Professor Gail Gilchrist's lecture

A Geneticist’s Guide to the Galaxy of Mental Health

Chair: Professor Thalia Eley, Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Vote of Thanks: Professor Robert Plomin, MRC Research Professor in Behavioural Genetics, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

The third Inaugural Lecture of 2024 was delivered by Gerome Breen as Professor of Psychiatric Genetics.

Never Too Late

Chair: Professor Rachel Mills, Senior Vice President (Academic), King's College London.

Vote of Thanks: Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and Professor Matthew Hotopf, Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

The second Inaugural Lecture of 2024 was delivered by Sally Marlow, Associate Dean for Impact and Professor of Practice in Public Understanding of Mental Health Research.

Hopping into Education: from Frogs to Pedagogues

Chair: Professor Mark Richardson, Head of School (Neuroscience), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Vote of Thanks: Helen Collins, Professor of Immunology & Education, Dean of Bioscience Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Education

The first Inaugural Lecture of 2024 was delivered by Esther Bell as Professor in Bioscience Education

Previous Lectures 2022/2023

The role of concepts, trends and lived experience in autism research

Chair: Professor Declan Murphy, Professor of Translational Neurodevelopment, and Director of the Institute of Translational Neurodevelopment, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Vote of Thanks: Professor Francesca Happe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

The sixth Inaugural Lecture of 2023 was delivered by Eva Loth as Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience.

The finger of blame in depression and the brain

Chair: Professor Allan Young, Vice Dean (Academic Psychiatry), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience..

Vote of Thanks: Professor Trudie Chalder, Professor of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

The seventh Inaugural Lecture of 2023 was delivered by Roland Zahn as Professor of Mood Disorders & Cognitive Neuroscience.

When the drugs don't work: the challenge of treatment resistant psychosis

Chair: Professor Oliver Howes, Professor of Molecular Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Vote of Thanks: Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and Fellow of the Royal Society.

The eighth Inaugural Lecture of 2023 was delivered by James MacCabe as Professor of Epidemiology and Therapeutics in Psychosis.

The role of concepts, trends and lived experience in autism research

Chair: Professor Declan Murphy, Professor of Translational Neurodevelopment, and Director of the Institute of Translational Neurodevelopment, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Vote of Thanks: Professor Francesca Happe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

The sixth Inaugural Lecture of 2023 was delivered by Eva Loth as Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Body-mind interaction in a galaxy far far away

Chair: Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Interim Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Regius Professor of Psychiatry.

Vote of Thanks: Professor Carmine Pariante, Professor of Biological Psychiatry, IoPPN.

The fifth Inaugural Lecture of 2023 was delivered by Professor Valeria Mondelli as Clinical Professor of Psychoneuroimmunology, IoPPN.

Fighting for Health and Social Equity: Lessons from a southernplayalistic ATLien

Chair: Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Interim Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Regius Professor of Psychiatry.

Vote of Thanks: Professor Matthew Hotopf, IoPPN Vice Dean (Research) and Director, NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre.

The fourth Inaugural Lecture of 2023 was delivered by Professor Stephani Hatch as Professor of Sociology and Epidemiology and Vice Dean, Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, IoPPN.

Listen, share, negotiate – Approaches to empower and destigmatise

Chair and Vote of Thanks: Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft, Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Centre for Global Mental Health and the Centre for Implementation Science, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

The third Inaugural Lecture of 2023 was delivered by Professor Claire Henderson, Clinical Professor of Public Mental Health, IoPPN.

‘The Call of Duty: Pharmacology vs Parkinson’s Disease’

Chair: Professor Mark Richardson, Head of School (Neuroscience), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Vote of Thanks: Professor Patrick Doherty, Emeritus Professor, Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

The second Inaugural Lecture of 2023 was delivered by Professor Susan Duty as Professor of Pharmacology & Neuroscience, IoPPN.

'Translating Neuroscience – across species, across development and into clinic’

Chair: Professor Allan Young

Vote of Thanks: Professor Declan Murphy

The first Inaugural Lecture of 2023 was delivered by Professor Gráinne McAlonan, Professor of Translational Neuroscience, IoPPN. Thursday 12 January at 17:30, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Main IoPPN Building

'Understanding protein-RNA condensates and their disruptions in ALS’

Chair: Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Interim Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and Regius Professor of Psychiatry

Vote of Thanks: Professor Chris Shaw, Neurology & Neurogenetics, IoPPN and Director of The Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute

The first Inaugural Lecture of 2022 was delivered by Professor Jernej Ule, Van Geest Professor of Neurodegeneration Research and UK Dementia Research Institute Centre Director. Monday 5 December at 17:30, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Main IoPPN Building.

 

Previous Lectures 2017-2019

'The journey from synapse physiology to drug discovery for Alzheimer's disease'

Chair: Professor Ian Everall

Vote of Thanks: Professor Chris Shaw

The fourth Inaugural Lecture of 2019 was delivered by Kei Cho, Professor of the UK Dementia Research Institute, Department of Basic & Clinical Neuroscience, IoPPN.

Lecture video: The journey from synapse physiology to drug discovery for Alzheimer’s disease

'The big picture, flexibility and positivity in the treatment of eating disorders'

Chair: Professor Allan Young

Vote of Thanks: Professor Ulrike Schmidt

The third Inaugural Lecture of 2019 was delivered by Kate Tchanturia, Professor in Psychology of Eating Disorders at the IoPPN.

Lecture video: The big picture, flexibility and positivity in the treatment of disorders

'ScienceMatters to Alzheimer's disease - a recount of my scientific journey so far'

Chair: Professor Ian Everall

Vote of Thanks: Professor Mark Richardson

The second Inaugural Lecture of 2019 was delivered by Lawrence Rajendran, van Geest Professor of Dementia Research and Deputy Director, UK Dementia Research Institute, IoPPN.

Lecture video: ScienceMatters to Alzheimer's disease - a recount of my scientific journey so far

'Rethinking childhood trauma'

Chair: Professor Ian Everall

Vote of Thanks: Professor Sir Michael Rutter

The first Inaugural Lecture of 2019 was delivered by Andrea Danese, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the IoPPN.

Lecture video: Rethinking childhood trauma

'The Fear Factor: Life as a Military Epidemiologist'

Chair: Professor Anthony David

Vote of Thanks: Professor Simon Wessely

The second Inaugural Lecture of 2018 was delivered by Professor Nicola Fear, Director of the King's Centre for Military Health Research and Chair of the Psychological Medicine PhD sub-committee.

Lecture video: The Fear Factor: Life as a Military Epidemiologist

'Kanye West and the cause of psychosis'

Chair: Professor Sir Robin Murray

Vote of Thanks: Professor Philip McGuire

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

Previous Lectures 2012/2013

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

Chair: Professor Til Wykes

Vote of thanks: Professor Robert Plomin

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

Lecture video: Disentangling genetic and environmental influences on anxiety and depression

'The mind in diabetes: the final frontier'

Chair: Professor Shitij Kapur

Vote of Thanks: Professor Sir Simon Wessely

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

Lecture video: The mind in diabetes: the final frontier

'Bedside to bench and back: improving care for headache disorders'

Chair: Professor Mark Richardson

Vote of Thanks: Professor Mark Richardson

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

Lecture video: Bedside to bench and back: improving care for headache disorders

'Depression and the Immune System: from Madonna to Lady Gaga'

Chair: Professor Shitij Kapur

Vote of Thanks: Dr. Susan Pawlby

The second inaugural lecture of 2013 was given by Carmine M. Pariante, Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the IoPPN.

Lecture video: Depression and the immune system: from Madonna to Lady Gaga

 

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